WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's soccer team held its own in a Thursday afternoon scrimmage here against Montgomery College. The Bison played strong defense on a stifling hot day against one of the top teams from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
"It was extremely warm. I thought our players handled the heat well," said first-year Gallaudet men's soccer head coach Pedro Braz. "We have been training in the heat, so that helped with their conditioning. We took two water breaks during the match and that helped as well."
Montgomery, ranked No. 4 in the 2015 NJCAA preseason poll, scored the game's lone goal late in the first half and took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
Senior goalie Eric Setzer (Middletown, Md.) was phenominal in the net as he stopped a reported 15 shots.
"Everyone was saying he was the MVP today. He played extremely well," said Braz. "He was the best player on the field today. His experience and leadership showed. He is going to be one of our leaders this year."
GU played a few players down in the second half as four freshmen left for orientation while several players got banged up in the game. The Bison were forced to play defense for the majority of the game but they held their own.
"It was a good showing [for the first game] against a very good program that will compete for a national championship at their level. The chemistry is not there yet. We are still getting to know each other. We competed the whole game. That is one thing I am very pleased with. We were in the game. We had a chance to tie. I am pleased with the start." - Pedro Braz, Gallaudet men's soccer head coach
The Bison will scrimmage former Gallaudet men's soccer alumni on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. Former Bison alums are encouraged to come out and play a 90-minute scrimmage against this year's squad at Hotchkiss Field.