WASHINGTON - You could excuse the fans here Saturday for thinking they saw the same game twice at Hotchkiss Field as Gallaudet University hosted Wells College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's and women's soccer doubleheader.
For the second time in a two-hour span, Gallaudet celebrated a 3-2 overtime soccer win against the visiting Express.
It was deja vu all over again, as the Bison men's team scored the game-winner in extra time, just hours, after the women's team did the same thing to Wells in the first game.
Gallaudet (4-4, 3-2 NEAC) ended the game in the 95th minute when senior forward Sean Huber (Orange, Calif.) scored his first goal of the season off an assist from sophomore defender Kevin Fitzpatrick (Hopatcong, N.J.).
Freshman phenom Chad Johnson (Gardena, Calif.) scored two second-half goals to force overtime.
Wells (2-8, 1-4 NEAC) scored the game's first goal in the 20th minute and held a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Johnson scored his first of two goals in the 51st minute on a soft shot towards the left post to knot the match at 1-1.
The Express regained the lead, after a quick re-start whistle, on a Christian Garavito (one goal, one assist) goal as the Bison found themselves out of position.
GU was able to tie the game, once more, in the next minute when sophomore midfielder Raymond Mukhailov (Brooklyn, N.Y.) found Johnson on the left side of the Wells' goal. Johnson lifted his right leg high and got his boot on the ball to lift it past Express goalie Colton Jaquith (four saves).
- Freshman goalie Shane Angel (Mechanicsville, Md.) made six saves
- GU outshot Wells by two, 20-18
- Johnson led the team with eight shots (five on goal)
- The Bison took four corner kicks
- Gallaudet is 2-5 all-time against Wells
Gallaudet turns around to host Keuka College (5-5, 3-2 NEAC) tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 30) at 2 p.m.