WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's soccer team celebrated its first win of the season Tuesday afternoon as the Bison (1-4) rolled to a 10-goal win, 11-1, over visiting University of Valley Forge at Hotchkiss Field. The 11 goals scored are the most in program history, dating back to 2000, and the 10-goal margin of victory ties the school record.
Freshman Brittany Mallach (Milton, Ontario) scored a game-high four goals and added two assists in the win. The four goals scored by one player in a game is the most since Virginia Keeler netted five in a 2010 game. Sophomore Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) recorded a hat trick in the win as five different Bison scored their first career goals in the lopsided win. Shysh added two assists including the first goal to sophomore Justina Ercolino (Milton, Ontario) just four minutes into the game. Gallaudet led 5-0 at the half.
Junior Abigail Courtemanche (Soutbridge, Mass.) and sophomore defender Carina Adolph (Tucson, Ariz.) and scored back-to-back goals in the second half, both assisted goals from Mallach and junior Ashleigh Warden (Tucson, Ariz.), respectively.
Sophomore midfielder Stephanie Bettencourt (Mississauga, Ontario) scored the game's final goal as time expired with a 30-yard shot over the head of Valley Forge goalie Makenzi Maun (11 saves).
Valley Forge (0-6), who played with 10 players, scored its second goal of the season with a chip shot over the head of Gallaudet goalie Jennifer Livengood (Jacksonville, Fla.) in the 68th minute to break up the shutout.
- This is the second time in program history the Bison have scored 10 or more goals in a game
- The previous largest margin of victory was a 10-0 shutout against University of District Columbia on Oct. 7, 2004
- The 36 shots taken by GU is the most since the Bison took 40 against Patrick Henry on Sept. 12, 2012
- Livengood made two saves in the win
- Mallach scored her first three goals in an 11-minute stretch of the first half
- Shysh's second goal came 18 seconds into the second half
- Mallach and Shysh led the team with nine shots each
- This was the first time GU had played Valley Forge since a 1-1 tie on Sept. 12, 2009
- Ten of Gallaudet's goals came from players from Tucson, Ariz., or Ontario, Canada
"We came in composed and confident, especially on our home field. After several close games, we needed this win before our first conference game on Friday. Five of our players scored their first goals at Gallaudet today. I look forward to more firsts this season." - Liza Offreda, Gallaudet women's soccer head coach
The Bison begin conference play on Friday, Sept. 18, away at Penn College for a 4:15 p.m. game.