WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's soccer team was shutout, 4-0, here Sunday on Senior Day against SUNY Poly in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game at Hotchkiss Field.
The visiting Wildcats (9-5-3, 7-1-2 NEAC) had four different goal scorers as they scored twice in both halves. The eventual game-winning goal came at the 27:27 mark in the first half when Natalie Streifert blasted a 30-yard free kick that went through the hands of Gallaudet goalie Jennifer Livengood (Jacksonville, Fla.) and into the back of the net. SUNY Poly took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Before the match Coach Liza Offreda and her coaching staff along with the team honored five seniors on Senior Day. Livengood, Stein, Bree Sproule (Oyama, British Columbia), Ashleigh Weatherholtz (Front Royal, Va.) and Megan Calik (Conyers, Ga.) were joined by family and friends and honored for their dedication to the women's soccer program.
Calik is the lone senior to play four years as she started 37 of 51 games and recorded five goals and three assists (13 points) and took 68 shots (39 shots on goal) and scored one game-winning goal. Livengood and Weatherholtz are three-year letterwinners for the Bison. Livengood was a mainstay in net for the Bison as she has started every game the past two years and 39 of 45 career games. The transfer student made 402 saves in over 3,719 minute in goal and tallied eight wins and four shutouts. Weatherholtz was one of the pillars on defense as she started 51 of 52 games and took four shots, two on goal and had one assist. Sproule and Stein, both student-athletes in other sports during their tenure at GU, complete their first season with the women's soccer program. Sproule started 17 games on defense while Stein started 17 of 18 games and took eight shots (four on goal).
- SUNY Poly outshot Gallaudet 22-3
- The Wildcats held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks
- Gallaudet doubled its goal total (32) from last year
- The Bison also cut down its goals scored by opponents to 3.42 per game
- All three wins by the Bison came at home this season
- The Bison were shutout 10 times
- This is GU's second straight season with three wins
- The 16 losses are the most since GU went 0-18 in 2008
"I appreciate the time and effort from our seniors. This season they all led the team one way or another and they will be missed. I now look forward to the younger players with their influence for next year." - Liza Offreda, Gallaudet women's soccer head coach
This concludes the 2015 season for the Bison. Coach Offreda has 12 underclassmen on her roster slated to return next year along with another recruiting class as the Bison aim to climb up the NEAC standings.