WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University jumped out to an early 2-0 lead here Saturday afternoon against Penn St.-Berks in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's soccer opener for both teams. The visiting Nittany Lions erased the two-goal deficit and scored the next six goals en route to a 6-2 win at Hotchkiss Field.
Gallaudet (0-4-1, 0-1 NEAC) got on the scoreboard in the fifth minute when sophomore forward Chad Johnson (Gardena, Calif.) scored from 20 yards out with a low kick to the right corner past Nittany Lion goalie Carter Lam (four saves).
Penn St.-Berks (1-3-1, 1-0 NEAC) committed a penalty in the goalie box, while on defense, at the 15:14 mark to set up a penalty kick that Johnson scored on. The goal is Johnson's fourth this season.
GU led by two goals but in the 21st minute Penn St.-Berks got on the board with the first of three goals made by Ayden Lee (three goals). He added a second tally nine minutes later to knot the game at 2-2.
The Nittany Lions added one more goal in the 40th minute to take a 3-2 lead into the half. The third goal came off a header made by Ovi Orellana, who was camped by the left goal post and knocked in a long throw in from Brenden Valverde (one goal, two assists).
Lee completed his hat trick in the 49th minute before Nate Nguyen (one goal, one assist) and Valverde scored goals in the final seven minutes of play.
Sophomore goalie Shane Angel (Mechanicsville, Md.) made five saves in the loss.
- Penn St.-Berks outshot Gallaudet by three, 19-16
- Johnson took nine shots (seven on goal) to lead the Bison
- The Nittany Lions took five corner kicks to GU's one
- The two teams combined for 27 fouls
- GU is 3-5 all-time against Penn St.-Berks
- The Bison are 1-4 vs. the Nittany Lions since GU started the program back up in 2015
GU will host Eastern Mennonite University (2-4) this Wednesday night at 7 p.m.