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GU doubled up by SUNY Poly, 6-3

Gallaudet women's soccer player Payton DeGraw makes a kick during a day game on a turf field.

WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's soccer team scored first but four unanswered goals gave SUNY Poly the lead for good here Saturday in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game. The visiting Wildcats doubled up the Bison, 6-3, at Hoy Field.

Gallaudet (3-9-1, 1-6-1 NEAC) struck quick when sophomore Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) scored her 11th goal of the season off a nice free kick by goalie Payton DeGraw (Salt Lake City, Utah) that created the fast break as GU led 1-0 just two minutes in.

The Bison held onto that 1-0 lead throughout the entire first half. SUNY Poly (6-6-1, 5-3 NEAC) took nine shots in the first 45 minutes of play but DeGraw turned back all seven of the Wildcats' shots on goal. 

In the second half, Gallaudet switched goalies as senior Silvya Levesque (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) was inserted as DeGraw moved to the field.

SUNY Poly wasted little time testing out Levesque as the Wildcats tied the game one minute into the second half on a Shannon Harrison goal from 20 yards out. Sarah George scored back-to-back goals in just under a three-minute span as the Wildcats led 3-1. Harrison scored her 11th goal of the season at the 63:15 mark to cap SUNY Poly's four unanswered goals stretch.

DeGraw cut SUNY Poly's lead in half, 4-2, with her fourth goal of the season after a Neild shot was saved by Felicia Bianca (six saves) but DeGraw knocked in the loose ball in front of the net.

The teams continued to trade goals for the remainder of the game.

Gallaudet's last goal came at the 75:39 mark when Neild placed a shot on goal where Bianca made the save but the deflection went right to junior midfielder Sabrina Hernandez (Ashland, Va.), who scored her second goal of the season.


  • Levesque made four saves
  • SUNY Poly held a 21-14 edge in shots
  • The Wildcats took six corner kicks to GU's two

GU will make the short trip over to Trinity Washington University on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 4:30 p.m. for a non-conference game.