WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's soccer team won its third straight game with a 4-1 victory over Wilson College under the lights at Hotchkiss Field on a warm and muggy Wednesday night in the nation's capital.
The game was delayed 40 minutes at the start due to lightning in the area and the first half was played in a light misting rain. Once the game got underway it was the Gallaudet offense that struck the Wilson goal four times in the first half and never looked back en route to the win over a former North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe. This is Wilson's first year out of the NEAC as the Phoenix joined the Colonial States Atheltic Conference (CSAC).
Gallaudet (3-2) trailed briefly after Wilson (2-3) scored a goal in the 16th minute off the foot of Jasmine Bankert, who redirected a header from Kellyn Perry, past Gallaudet goalie Silvya Levesque (Ballston Spa, N.Y.).
The Bison responded, five minutes later, when senior forward Brittany Mallach (Milton, Ontario) scored her third goal of the season off an assist from freshman defender Sara Kulisan (St. Augustine, Fla.).
Before the Gallaudet fans could take their seats the Bison faithful celebrated their second goal when freshman midfielder Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) blasted a goal from 20 yards out over the head of Wilson goalie Aubrey Runkle (six saves). The two GU goals were scored within 45 seconds of each other.
Neild netted her second mark of the game, her sixth of the season, off a throw-in from senior midfielder Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) as Neild scored in the lower right corner of the Phoenix goal.
Sophomore midfielder Sabrina Hernandez (Ashland, Va.) extended the Bison lead to three when she took a penalty shot and scored off a rebound. Runkle made the initial save but couldn't corral the loose ball as Hernandez charged the net and blasted home her first goal of the season.
GU took a 4-1 lead into halftime and held on in a defensive struggle in the second half.
- Gallaudet outshot Wilson 16-4
- The Bison took 12 shots in the first half
- GU held a 9-5 edge in corner kicks
- Levesque had one save
- Neild now leads the Bison with six goals and 12 points
Gallaudet continues its five-game homestand when it plays host to Penn College (3-0, 1-0 NEAC) in a conference match this Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. at Hotchkiss Field.