WASHINGTON - It was a heartbreaking end to the 2016 season for the Gallaudet University women's soccer team here Friday night at Hotchkiss Field. The Bison forced overtime with a late goal in the second half on Senior Day and Homecoming Weekend before a crowd of 257. The celebration was short-lived as Trinity Washington University won, 4-3, just over a minute into the extra period.
The Bison (2-15) began the game with an early lead when sophomore forward Brittany Mallach (Milton, Ontario) scored two goals before the 37th minute. Trinity Washington (7-9) responded, four minutes later, when Monica Amaya scored the first of two goals past GU freshman goalie Silvya Levesque (Ballston Spa, N.Y.). GU took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
Trinity Washington came out of the half on the offensive and netted two more goals to begin the second half and put the Bison down one, 3-2, with 13 minutes to play.
GU pressed and pushed the ball into Trinity's end of the field as the Bison attempted to tie the game. Senior midfielder Katie Benz (Ottawa, Ontario) booted a corner kick in the 86th minute towards the Trinity goal where freshman defender Caitlyn Wheeler (Amana, Iowa) scored her first collegiate goal to knot the game at three.
Trinity got off one more shot before the end of regulation but Levesque was there to make one of her six saves.
In overtime, Trinity quickly regained possession after the Bison failed to clear the ball out of their defensive end of the field. Raissa Audrey-Tseumie passed the ball up to Jessica Alonso, who got tripped up with Levesque and a Bison defender but was able to get the shot off as the ball slowly rolled into the empty net for the game-winner.
Smith and Warden have played the last four years together while Benz has played five seasons (2011-12, 2014-16) as her sophomore season was cut short due to injury. This was Dagg's first and only season with the Bison women's soccer program.
Benz was a starter in 66 of 74 games in five season. Over the course of her career she tallied nine goals and six assists for a total of 24 points. As a freshman Benz made the All-NEAC Third Team. Smith started 46 of the 48 games as she anchored the Bison defense and added an assist during her sophomore season. Warden started in 67 of the 71 games she played for the Bison. She scored one goal and one assist for three points during her career. Dagg started in 13 of 14 games this season where she tallied one assist and one point.
- In addition to the pre-game ceremony for the four seniors, the GU coaching staff recognized Teresa Tiainen (Helsinki, Finland), a visiting student from Finland with a special Bison recognition award
- Mallach finished the 2016 season with 10 goals and reached 20 points for the second straight season
- Benz had an assist on two Bison goals
- GU was outshot 15-7
- The Bison held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks
- Gallaudet lost its final 11 games of the season
The Bison are slated to return 10 lettermen next season plus the addition of a strong recruiting class and Gallaudet should be able to rebound and move up the North Eastern Athletic Conference standings in 2017.