WASHINGTON - Sophomore forward Brittany Mallach (Milton, Ontario) netted a hat trick in the opening half of Sunday's non-conference game at Hotchkiss Field as the Bison won their first game of the season. Gallaudet shutout Mary Baldwin University, 4-0, in the non-conference game.
Mallach scored her three goals in the first 26 minutes of the game. She netted an unassisted goal in the sixth minute. A minute later, sophomore Deltona Markel (Austin, Texas) assisted Mallach on the left side of the goal. Mallach took the pass and dodged past a defender before scoring the goal past Mary Baldwin goalie Brittany Tenn (seven saves).
Mallach's third and final goal came in the 26th minute off an assist from fellow countrywoman Elizabeth Dagg (Vancouver, British Columbia).
Gallaudet (1-2) took the three-goal advantage into halftime over the Squirrels (0-4).
In the second half, another Bison women's soccer player from Canada scored her first goal of the season. Senior midfielder Katie Benz (Ottawa, Ontario) scored as she bent the ball just over the goal line off a corner kick in the 61st minute.
Gallaudet freshman goalie Silvya Levesque (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) made two saves in net.
- This is Mallach's third hat trick in her career
- GU avenges its 3-2 loss to Mary Baldwin last year with today's win
- The Bison defense only allowed two shots on goal
- Levesque records her first career shutout as a Bison
"I was really proud of the way our team stepped up today after dealing with a tough loss yesterday. I thought we played well, with a lot of heart, and I thought our team chemistry was on display today. Every member of the team got an opportunity to play and be a part of this win. It feels good to beat Mary Baldwin because they beat us last year. I'm glad everyone had the opportunity to experience that feeling. Overall, I'm really proud of this team and their performance today." Liza Offreda, Gallaudet women's soccer head coach
Gallaudet will hit the road next weekend for two North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) games. The Bison will face Bryn Athyn College (1-3, 1-2 NEAC) on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m.