WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University men's soccer faced a tall task here Tuesday night as it faced nationally-ranked The Catholic University of America under the lights at Hotchkiss Field. This is the first time in a decade that a Bison men's soccer team went up against a nationally-ranked team. No. 19 Catholic scored four quick goals and coasted to a 4-0 shutout over the Bison.
The game featured two teams heading in different directions.
Gallaudet (0-10-1) drops its eighth straight contest while Catholic (11-1-1) has won six consecutive games and hasn't lost since the first game of the 2019 season.
Ben Alexander (two goals), Landmark Men's Soccer Player of the Week, scored the game's first goal at the 5:42 mark and added his second eight minutes later. Catholic scored three goals in just over a minute and a half span. Alexander is one of the top goal scorers in Division III men's soccer with 10 goals.
Darius Siahpoosh (two goals, one assist) scored back-to-back goals, exactly a minute apart, to cap the scoring for the Cardinals in the opening 15 minutes of the game.
Gallaudet sophomore goalie Shane Angel (Mechanicsville, Md.) was under siege during the game as the Cardinals took 35 shots and placed 21 of them on goal. Angel made a career-high 17 saves, several found Angel diving or leaping to make the stop.
Catholic went to its reserves early on and sat most starters in the second half as the Cardinals played 26 players including a second goalie in the game.
This was the first time GU had faced Catholic in men's soccer since 2007. The Cardinals won that game, 9-0. The two schools, separated by 2.7 miles in the District of Columbia, used to be members of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) and met regularly. Catholic left the CAC after the 2006-07 season to join the Landmark Conference while GU left after the 2009-10 season to join the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
- The Bison had eight shots in the game, three coming from sophomore Julien Cano (Avondale, Ariz.)
- A trio of Bison made their season debuts tonight including junior Bello Razgallah (Cary, N.C.), sophomore Nico Granzow (Rincon, Ga.) and senior Luis Montalvo (Trenton, N.J.)
- Gallaudet has been shut out three times this season
- GU's last game vs. nationally-ranked opponent was Sept. 30, 2009, a 7-0 loss to No. 3 York (Pa.)
- This was GU's last non-conference game of the season
- The Bison are 0-4 in night games this year
- Gallaudet's remaining regular-season schedule is against conference opponents
GU (0-5 NEAC) will travel to New York to face Keuka College (3-7-1, 2-3 NEAC) and Wells College (4-8, 1-4 NEAC) this weekend. The Bison go up against Keuka on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m.