MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - The Gallaudet University women's soccer team scored in the opening 33 seconds here Saturday to surprise Penn State Harrisburg and take an early 1-0 lead. A lead that lasted until the 78th minute when the Lions knotted the game up and forced overtime. The two teams battled through two overtime periods before the game ended in a 1-1 tie at Nittany Soccer Field.
Gallaudet (2-5-1, 0-3-1 NEAC) got on the scoreboard when sophomore Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) sent in a cross to freshman Courtney Gentzke (Honeoye, N.Y.) who knocked in the ball into the goal. That is Gentzke's fourth goal of the season.
The Bison went back on defense for the remainder of the game against Penn State Harrisburg (5-4-1, 3-0-1 NEAC) as GU shots were few and far between. The host Lions went on the attack and tried to get shot-after-shot past freshman goalie Payton DeGraw (Salt Lake City, Utah). Penn State Harrisburg finished the game with 29 shots and 17 shots on goal. DeGraw was like a brick wall as she made 16 saves in net, nine in the second half alone.
Penn State Harrisburg finally got a shot past DeGraw at the 77:57 mark when Sydney Hemler assisted Elizabeth Clippinger on her third goal of the season.
In the overtime periods, GU had one shot while the Lions got off six shots. Lions goalie Hannah Williams finished with two saves.
This is Penn State Harrisburg's first year back in the NEAC after it left the conference after the 2012-13 season to join the Capital Athletic Conference.
- The Lions had 14 corner kicks, GU didn't have one corner
- This is Gallaudet's second double overtime game this season
- GU's last tie came at Morrisville St. on Oct. 20, 2018
- Gallaudet received one red card, the Lions had one yellow
- The two teams combined for 21 fouls
- Penn State Harrisburg is 3-0-1 vs. Gallaudet in NEAC play
- The Lions have outscored the Bison 20-3 in four meetings since 2010
Gallaudet returns home to host Marymount (Va.) University in a non-conference match under the lights at Hotchkiss Field on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.