WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's soccer team won a thrilling game at home on Wednesday night, 2-0, over the Christendom College Crusaders under the lights at Hotchkiss Field. The win snaps a seven-game losing streak for the Bison (3-12).
The Bison battled the Crusaders (6-2-1) through a scoreless first half before things picked up in the exciting second half. Gallaudet scored twice in the final 13 minutes of regulation to record its third win at home this season.
In the second half, with 20 minutes left the Crusaders missed their golden opportunity to score on a loose ball that was out of senior goalie Jennifer Livengood's (Jacksonville, Fla.) grasp when Christendom forward Catherine Gaetano blasted a shot too high, missing the goal.
Christendom's missed opportunity turned into momentum for Gallaudet. Senior Katie Benz (Ottawa, Ontario) passed the ball to sophomore Anastasia Murray (Raleigh, N.C.), who was on the doorstep of Christendom goal, but the Crusader goalie Madeline Hill (eight saves) made a great save to keep the game scoreless.
GU kept up the pressure on Christendom's goal as Benz sent a shot wide and then passed the ball to freshman Brittany Mallach (Milton, Ontario), down the left-side of the field, who unleashed a low shot into the lower right corner of the net at the 76:49 mark. Mallach's ninth goal of the season was assisted by Benz as GU led 1-0. The lead was the first for Gallaudet since a 2-1 advantage over Wilson College on Sept. 30.
Christendom tried to rally back, taking its 17th and final shot of the game but missed wide left before Gallaudet was able to take the ball back down into Crusader territory.
With just under three minutes to go, Mallach passed the ball from the left-side of the field to the middle where Murray kicked a low shot past Hill for her fifth goal of the season. It was a well-deserved goal for the sophomore forward who hustled all game and led the Bison with seven shots and five shots on goal.
The Bison outplayed the Crusaders in their most complete game of the season with 18 total shots and 10 shots on goal.
- Livengood made eight saves in the game
- Benz took five shots (one on goal)
- Sophomore Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) took three shots (one on goal)
- Mallach had two shots on goal
- Sophomore Danielle Davidson (Ramsey, Minn.) had one shot on goal
- GU's took 18 shots, the third most this season, behind the other victories vs. Valley Forge (36) and St. Elizabeth (23)
- GU lost to Christendom, 5-0, last season
"A great job by the team today. We had a tough weekend but we showed up ready to play tonight. We wanted this win badly. It was a good feeling to play under the lights tonight in front of our fans. I am really proud of the players. They deserve that outcome tonight. Everyone did an outstanding job working together." Liza Offreda, Gallaudet women's soccer head coach.
Gallaudet will travel to New York for a weekend of North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action, beginning with Cazenovia College (4-7-1, 2-6 NEAC) on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. GU is 1-7 in conference play.