BUENA VISTA, Va. - Gallaudet University ventured out of conference and down into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to take on Southern Virginia University here on Wednesday evening in a men's soccer match at Knight Stadium. The Bison came away victorious with a 4-0 victory, their first shutout of the season, and GU's second straight win this year.
Gallaudet (2-2) got on the scoreboard in the 19th minute when senior midfielder Tim Artinian (Rochester, N.Y.) scored his first goal of the season off an assist from freshman forward Chad Johnson (Gardena, Calif.).
The Bison continued to apply pressure on the Knights' defense and goal as they got off six first-half shots. Gallaudet found the back of the net two more times before the half.
Johnson had a hand in those goals as he assisted fellow freshman midfielder Kelly Grant (Hazelwood, Mo.) in the 41st minute on his first collegiate goal. Johnson scored his own goal, his second of the season, off an assist from sophomore midfielder Raymond Mukhailov (Brooklyn, N.Y.) at the 44:18 mark.
Gallaudet took a 3-0 advantage into intermission.
In the second half, Johnson picked up where he left off and scored a second goal, this time off an assist from goalie Shane Angel (Mechanicsville, Md.), in the 65th minute. Johnson capped the day with two goals, two assists, and six points, all career-highs.
Southern Virginia (0-6) has now lost back-to-back 4-0 matches in the past five days. Goalie Sawyer Thompkins took the loss as he allowed one goal and made one save in the first 30 minutes played before giving way to James Hampton (no saves), who closed out the match.
- Gallaudet outshot Southern Virginia 11-6
- The Knights held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks
- Johnson led the team with two shots on goal
- Angel made two saves in net to record his first collegiate shutout
- Johnson now leads the team with nine points (three goals, three assists)
Gallaudet returns home to host Penn College (0-3, 0-1 NEAC) on Saturday, Sept. 15, in a conference game at 3 p.m. on Hotchkiss Field.