WASHINGTON, D.C. – A jubilant crowd witnessed the Gallaudet University women's soccer team break through to capture their first victory of the season Wednesday night at Hotchkiss Field. The 2-1 victory against the Phoenix of Wilson College snapped a nine-game losing streak, and was also GU's first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory this year.
A picture perfect pass from sophomore Monique Balcarcel (Lansing, Mich.) between Phoenix defenders set up sophomore forward Lauren Hostovsky (Medfield, Mass.) for a strike that put the Bison ahead for good in the game. In the midst of traffic, the two managed to hook up for Hostovsky's second goal this year in the 68th minute.
Junior midfielder Maddie Morgan (Hockessin, Del.) launched a 25-yard missile that floated high over the head of Wilson goalie Katie Murphy (12 saves) into the back of the net in the ninth minute, her second goal of 2011. Gallaudet held the early lead for a brief moment before Wilson came right back two minutes later on a breakaway goal by senior Colleen O'Reilly, who like Morgan, had a high floating shot that landed in the net.
Gallaudet (1-9, 1-5 NEAC) tallied a season-high 18 shots, 12 of them in the first half. Morgan and forward Britny Latham (Cleveland, Tenn.) led the team with five shots each. Hostovsky added four shots while four other Bison attempted one shot.
The Phoenix (1-8, 0-6) were very limited in their shot attempts, due to the aggressive play and ball control of the Bison. GU dominated the game throughout, as Wilson's only goal came on the team's lone shot attempt of the first half. Three more attempts in the second half, including another from O'Reilly, brought their total to four.
GU goalkeeper Casey McCullough (Oceanside, Calif.) got the win, saving two shots in a contest where the ball spent much of the game at the opposite end of the field. The Bison had a 3-0 advantage on corner kicks.
The Bison will try and build on this momentum when College of St. Elizabeth visits Hotchkiss Field this Saturday, October 8, for a conference game at 4 p.m.