WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's soccer team, led by it's captains Conrad and Connor Baer (Fremont, Calif.), earned its first victory of the 2016 season Tuesday night. The Baer brothers each scored a goal as Gallaudet shutout Christendom College, 3-0, before 154 at Hotchkiss Field.
"It is always good to get the first win [of the season] this early in the season," said Gallaudet men's soccer coach Pedro Braz. "This win was good for our returning players because Christendom beat us by the same 3-0 score last year here on our field. This win will help our confidence moving forward."
The Bison stepped onto the field with offensive pressure forcing the Crusaders to stay in their defensive end early on in the game.
In the 27th minute, a long throw into the goalie box by junior midfielder Angel Ortiz (New York, N.Y.), from the sideline, glanced off a Christendom defender's head and into the back of the net to open up the scoring for Gallaudet.
Three minutes later, redshirt freshman Brian Espanto (San Antonio, Texas) found senior Conrad Baer making a run into the left side of the box. Espanto sent a nice cross from right to left finding the foot of the elder Baer as he blasted a shot high and left past Christendom goalie Gabe Murphy (seven saves) for the second goal of the game.
Gallaudet took the 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Bison continued to pressure the Crusaders early in the second half. Once again, Ortiz made a long throw from the sidelines to set up a header for junior Connor Baer which bounced off the cross bar and into the back of the net to make the score 3-0 in the 47th minute.
- The Bison beat Christendom for the first time since 2012
- GU last beat Christendom by three goals in 2002 with a 5-2 win (Sept. 21, 2002)
- Freshman forward Roel Gutierrez (Austin, Texas) took six shots, four shots on goal
- GU outshot Christendom 24-15 and placed 11 shots on goal
- Tuesday night the Bison recorded a record number of shots and shots on goal during Coach Braz's tenure
- Freshman goalie Noah Means-Simonsen (Louisville, Ky.) earned his first career shut out
"Winning early [in the season] and at home puts us in the right place heading into this weekend. Our confidence is high and people are believing in each other. We make some noise early [this season] if we come out this weekend with a couple of wins." Pedro Braz, Gallaudet men's soccer head coach
Gallaudet heads into a big weekend where it will begin conference play and also host an experienced team from the Midwest. GU opens up North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play against Wilson College on Saturday Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. at Hoy Field. The Bison will see action once again the following morning Sunday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. against Wisconsin Lutheran at Hotchkiss Field.