WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's soccer program hosted a friendly at Hoy Field on Oct. 28 between current members of the team and alumni over homecoming weekend. The current Bison team prevailed over the alumni, 4-0.
The alumni team was made up of 25 players who were eager to show that time had not withered their skills. However, the Bison came out strong maintaining possession through most of the first half and were able to jump out to a 1-0 lead after a goal from junior forward Tim Artinian (Henrietta, N.Y.).
GU continued to dominate time of possession in the second half, which enabled Angel Ortiz (New York, N.Y), Sean Huber (Orange, Calif.) and Brian Espanto (San Antonio, Texas) to find the back of the net and stretch the lead to four goals over the alumni.
The alumni saw several scoring opportunities in the second half but were unable to beat goalie Noah Means-Simonsen (Louisville, Ky.). Means-Simonsen was replaced in the 75th minute by Jacob Guertler (Staunton, Va.) who was able to finish the 4-0 shutout.
"I want to thank the alumni for their support throughout the whole year, helping with the program on and off the field. It is always good to see the alumni back on campus and mingling with the current players in the program." - Gallaudet men's soccer head coach Pedro Braz
The Bison will start preparing for next season in early April when they will begin offseason workouts and will host a spring game. The team hopes to build off of the success that they saw over the course of the 2016 season. Although the Bison's 2016 results were better than the results of the 2015 season, Coach Braz believes the team has a lot of potential to be better in 2017.