WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's soccer team surprised Lancaster Bible College here Tuesday night at Hotchkiss Field with a 2-1 victory on a cool autumn evening in the nation's capital.
Gallaudet (7-5, 3-4 NEAC) beat Lancaster Bible (4-8-2, 3-2-1 NEAC) for the first time since 2009 to end a seven-game losing streak to the Chargers.
The win tonight ties the all-time program mark for wins in a season (7) for Gallaudet. This is the third time (2002, '10, '17) that a Bison women's soccer team has won seven games in a season.
Junior forward Brittany Mallach (Milton, Ontario) had the game-winner with a goal off a rebound at the 51:15 mark. Mallach's goal, her 17th of the season, sets a new program record for goals in a season. Mallach passes Virginia Keeler, who had 16 goals during the 2010 season. Mallach's record-breaking goal came off a shot by freshman Hailey Montoya (Mentone, Calif.), who's shot bounced off a save made by Charger goalie Kendra Brown (two saves) but the loose ball found Mallach's foot as she fired home the goal. Montoya earned her fifth assist of the season on the play.
Freshman midfielder Sabrina Hernandez (Ashland, Va.) got Gallaudet on the scoreboard just three minutes into the second half. After a LBC foul, right outside the goalie box, Hernandez blasted a free kick high over the defensive wall. Her shot deflected off the crossbar and into the goal for her fourth goal of the season.
Lancaster Bible made things interesting in the final minutes when Raegan Horst lofted a high shot into the goal at the 88:31 mark. The Chargers couldn't find the equalizer as they lost to Gallaudet for the second time in series history.
GU still trails 2-8 in the all-time series but the Bison are 2-3 at home against LBC while Chargers have outscored the buff and blue 42-0 in the eight losses.
The two teams were scoreless in the first half.
- Sophomore goalie Silvya Levesque (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) finished the game with 15 saves
- Levesque came up with several big saves but her highlight stop came 20 minutes in on a fantastic save to deny a Horst shot
- GU was outshot 34-6
- The Bison made the most of their six shots as four of them were on goal
- LBC held a 7-3 edge in corner kicks
Gallaudet heads into homecoming weekend where it will play two conference games. Up first for the Bison, a showdown with Keuka College (5-5-1, 4-0-1 NEAC) on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. on Hoy Field.