WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University opened its 2017 women's soccer season on a high note as the Bison posted an 8-0 shutout victory over Trinity Washington University here Friday. The visiting Bison debuted its new offense and saw their one-two punch of junior Brittany Mallach (Milton, Ontario) and freshman Danielle Wheeler (San Jose, Calif.) make an immediate impact.
Wheeler scored her first collegiate goal two minutes into the game off an assist from junior Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.), who made her successful return after being injured last year. Mallach, Gallaudet's leading scorer from last season, netted the next two, both assisted by freshman Sabrina Hernandez (Ashland, Va.), before Wheeler scored her second in the 25th minute. Hernandez posted her first collegiate goal right before the half as GU held a commanding 5-0 advantage at the break.
Freshman Hailey Montoya (Mentone, Calif.), another new face to the Bison this year, scored her first collegiate goal in the 68th minute. Wheeler and Hernandez added unassisted goals in the 75th and 84th minute, respectively, to cap the Gallaudet scoring.
GU wins its season opener for the first time since Aug. 29, 2014, when the Bison defeated Trinity Washington 2-1 at home.
The victory turned the tables on the Tigers, who ended GU's season with a heart-breaking 4-3 overtime loss last year on Senior Night during Homecoming Weekend.
- Wheeler finished with a hat trick on 11 shots (six on goal)
- Hernandez posted two goals and two assists on seven shots (five on goal)
- Montoya was second on the team with eight shots (six on goal)
- GU outshot Trinity 37-4
- This was Gallaudet's biggest win since a 9-0 win over St. Elizabeth on Sept. 20, 2015
- Sophomore goalie Silvya Levesque (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) made two saves
- Gallaudet took nine corner kicks
"It was great to start off the season with a win and on a positive note. I saw some great things on both defense and offense. We still have things to work on and our next game will be a good test for us. I look forward to our first home game!" - Liza Offreda, Gallaudet women's soccer head coach
Gallaudet will make its 2017 home debut on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. against Hood College (0-0-1) in a non-conference game.