WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's soccer team concluded its second straight five-game win season here Thursday night with a 2-1 non-conference win over Southern Virginia University at Hotchkiss Field.
Gallaudet (5-12) won four of its final five games, including three straight, to end the 2017 campaign on a high note. In those four wins, GU outscored the opposition 12-2 and posted two shutouts.
Southern Virginia (4-15) scored first on a Marrott Weekes goal, off a double assist, at the 18:45 mark before GU answered the bell three minutes later. Senior forward Sean Huber (Orange, Calif.), who was recently named to the all-conference third team, scored his ninth goal of the season on a nice teamwork play. Freshman Sean O'Callaghan (San Diego, Calif.) took the goal kick and boomed a shot to midfield where junior Connor Baer (Fremont, Calif.) headed the ball ahead to Huber, who split the defense and ran straight towards the goal. Huber fired a shot in the lower left corner past goalie Colin Flynn (five saves) to tie the game at 1-1.
The score remained knotted at one as the teams went into halftime.
In the second half, a costly hand ball in the goalie box at the 61:33 mark gave Gallaudet a golden opportunity to take the lead. O'Callaghan lined up the penalty kick and scored past Southern Virginia backup goalie Christopher Fly (three saves) as GU led 2-1.
The Bison defense turned back the Knights over the course of the final 28 minutes to secure the fifth win of the season.
- Sophomore goalie Noah Means-Simonsen (Louisville, Ky.) made five saves
- GU outshot SVU by eight, 20-12, and held a 8-3 advantage in corner kicks
- Huber and Baer led the team with five shots each
Gallaudet will lose senior defender Cody Zimmer (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Huber but will return the core of its squad in 2018. The young Bison squad gained a lot of experience in 2017 and will carry their three-game win streak into next year.