WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University women's soccer team was in the midst of a defensive struggle against the College of Notre Dame (Md.) on Friday evening under the lights at Hotchkiss Field. The two teams were knotted at 1-1 for nearly 50 minutes but the Bison offense flipped a switch and scored three goals in 13 minutes to put the game away as Gallaudet celebrated a 4-1 win. The 2-0 start to the season is the best in Coach Sarah Gumina's four years at Gallaudet.
Freshman Lauren Hostovsky (Medfield, Mass.) came off the bench in the 71st minute and provided the offensive spark the Bison needed. Four minutes later, she scored her first collegiate goal off a nice pass from sophomore Maddie Morgan (Hockessin, Del.).
Hostovsky wasn't done as she added a second goal, with a minute to play, off an assist from sophomore Shaq McDonough (Pembroke, Mass.). Hostovsky was positioned on the doorstep of the Gators' goal as she received a nice cross from the right corner from McDonough. Hostovsky settled the ball and turned and fired it into the lower left corner of the goal. McDonough and Hostovsky attended the same high school and showed good chemistry on the field.
Four minutes before Hostovsky's second goal, sophomore Tiffany Narciso (North Wildwood, N.J.) jumped into the scoring act as she recorded her first goal of the season, second of her career, off a loose rebound. McDonough blasted a shot towards Notre Dame goalie Melinda Daugherty, who made one of her 13 saves, but she couldn't secure the loose ball. Narciso was there to knock-in the rebound in the 84th minute.
GU fell behind early as the College of Notre Dame (2-2) got on the scoreboard in the 27th minute off a free kick. A Bison foul allowed the Gators to set-up from 35 yards out. Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Kempf booted a high-arching kick that tailed right to left towards the Bison goal. Kempf got under it enough to get the ball over the head of Gallaudet goalie Kara Gulvas (Crown Point, Ind.).
Coach Gumina made good on another key substitution as she brought in McDonough off the bench in the 20th minute. Down 1-0 the Bison offense went on the attack. McDonough broke through the Gator defense on a fastbreak and was 1-on-1 with Daugherty. McDonough kicked the ball past Daugherty as it rolled into the lower left corner of the goal from 20 yards out to tie the game in the 29th minute. The goal was McDonough's third of the season.
Gallaudet returns to the pitch on Sunday, September 12, at 1 p.m. as the Bison welcome Randolph College to Hotchkiss.