WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's soccer team concluded the 2018 season on a cold, wet, rainy raw Friday night at Hotchkiss Field as the visiting Saints from Marymount (Va.) University won, 1-0, in overtime to ruin Senior Day on homecoming weekend.
Marymount (4-12) scored the game's lone goal on a fast-break opportunity midway through the first overtime period. The Saints cleared the ball from their defensive end as Robert Hultberg kicked the ball ahead to a streaking Sebastian Hendi, who was left 1-on-1 with Gallaudet goalie Shane Angel (Mechanicsville, Md.). Hendi shot the ball low, from 15 yards out, into the left corner of the Bison goal to end the game with 4:35 left on the clock.
Gallaudet (6-11) recorded one shot in the overtime period but couldn't get it in the Saints goal. Freshman forward Chad Johnson (Gardena, Calif.) took a shot that got blocked by a Saint defender, who deflected the ball back towards the goal but it went wide and out-of-bounds. It was a close call as Johnson almost ended the game. Johnson took a corner kick but Marymount's defense cleared it and seconds later the game was over.
The Bison controlled the edge in shots 16-13 while the Saints held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Prior to the start of tonight's game six different Bison seniors were honored by Gallaudet head coach Pedro Braz and his coaching staff. The players and their family and friends were recognized on the field with special senior plaques. This year's senior class includes; midfielder Tim Artinian (Rochester, N.Y.), midfielder/foward Connor Baer (Union City, Calif.), defender Kevin Fitzpatrick (Hopatcong, N.J.), forward Sean Huber (Orange, Calif.), midfielder/defense Alton Markel (Buda, Texas) and midfielder/goalie Bernard Thompson (San Antonio, Texas).
Artinian is a four-year letterwinner. He played in 51 games (41 starts) and tallied seven goals, six assists, 20 points, 42 shots, 24 shots on goal and had two game-winning goals.
Baer is a four-year letterwinner. He played in 69 games (61 starts) and recorded three goals, six assists, 12 points, 59 shots, 27 shots on goal and was a team captain.
Fitzpatrick was a transfer from Sussex County Community College and played two seasons for the Bison. He played and started in 34 games, tallied two goals, two assists, six points, 30 shots, two game-winning goals and was a team captain.
Huber is a three-year letterwinner and was named to the 2017 All-NEAC Third Team. He played in 47 games (28 starts), scored 13 goals, one assist, 27 points, took 79 shots, 41 shots on goal and had two game-winning goals.
Markel is a two-year letterwinner. He played in 26 games (13 starts), tallied one goal, two assists, four points, 16 shots and 11 shots on goal.
Thompson is a two-year letterwinner and saw action in 18 games and made seven starts.
- GU was 1-3 in overtime games this season
- The Bison were 3-5 at home
- GU finished the year with 28 team goals, nine more than last year
- Saint goalie Derek Manzanares made three saves
This concludes the 2018 season for the Bison. This the second consecutive season the Bison have won four conference games. Gallaudet records its third straight, five-win season and the most wins under the direction of Coach Braz with six. The six wins is the most by a Bison men's soccer program since 2003.