WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's soccer program returns this fall for the first time since 2012. The program is under the direction of first-year head coach Pedro Braz, who joined the staff last November to begin the process of rebuilding the program and adapting to the GU culture and getting to know the players.
"A new beginning is the same, no matter where you go," said Braz. "To me it's more about getting to know and understand each other, the players understanding what I expect and me getting to know them."
The men's soccer team recently wrapped up its preseason, which featured intense training, team building and developing the players. The team is shooting for a successful season, preparing to be strong contenders on and off the field, also hoping for a 3.0 grade point average for the team. The men's team is also working hard to get the community involved, reaching out to alumni and setting up volunteer activities to get the GU men's soccer name back out there.
NEAC Record: 1-9
Eric Setzer (Middletown, Md.), Sr., Goalie
Setzer played two years for the men's team in 2011, '12. He also played for the U.S. Deaf National Team since 2011, where he has traveled to Turkey for the World Deaf Men's Soccer Championship, and Chula Vista for training camp last July.
Zachary Seguin (Royal Oak, Mich.), Sr., Defense
Seguin is one of the co-captains, along with Setzer, on the team and was a member of the team back in 2012. During the 2012 season he started all 16 games.
Gabriel Carino (Bronx, N.Y.), Sr., Midfield
Started all 16 games for the Bison in 2012 where he scored one goal and one assist during his sophomore season. Carino was also a member of the 2011 men's soccer team.
Brian Espanto (San Antonio, Texas), Fr., Midfield/Forward
Espanto was highly recruited for his experience and being a very technical player.
"I have high expectations for these student-athletes, not only athletically, but also academically. It's something that we as a coaching staff hold these student-athletes accountable to." Pedro Braz, Gallaudet University men's soccer head coach
- Home opener: Hood College Sat., Sept. 12
- Conference opener: at Penn College Fri., Sept. 18
- Home conference opener: vs. Penn St.-Abington Sat., Sept. 26
- 2014 Conference Champs: at Morrisville State College Sun., Oct. 18
- Senior Day/Last home game: vs. SUNY Polytechnic Institute Sun., Oct. 25
The Bison are facing a tough upcoming schedule, but are looking forward to the competition, wanting to play against the best of Division III. The Bison are anticipating their first home game on Sept. 12. against Hood College, a tough Division III school. On Oct. 18 they will also travel to Morrisville St. College, last years conference champions, who went on to play in the NCAA tournament. GU will play two home games Homecoming Weekend against SUNY Cobleskill (Oct. 24) and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Oct. 25), which will be the last Bison home game and Senior Day.
BISON HOME GAMES
Sept. 12 vs. Hood, 1 p.m.
Sept. 20 vs. Washington Adventist, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 vs. Penn St.-Abington, 5 p.m.
Sept. 27 vs. Bryn Athyn, 5 p.m.
Oct. 7 vs. Christendom, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 vs. Lancaster Bible, 12 p.m.
Oct. 11 vs. Penn St.-Berks, 12 p.m.
Oct. 24 vs. SUNY Cobleskill, 11 a.m. (Homecoming)
Oct. 25 vs. SUNY Poly, 12 p.m. (Senior Day)