WASHINGTON - It was a tough task for the Gallaudet University women's soccer team here Saturday afternoon as they went up against Penn St.-Berks, the six-time defending North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) champions, in the conference opener at Hotchkiss Field. The visiting Nittany Lions came away with an 8-0 victory.
Gallaudet (2-3, 0-1 NEAC) was forced back on defense for the majority of the game against the high-powered Penn St.-Berks (2-3, 1-0 NEAC) offense.
Freshman goalie Payton DeGraw (Salt Lake City, Utah) got her second career start in net and posted a career-high 25 saves (14 saves in the first half) as the Nittany Lions took 51 shots. The 25 saves is a new program record, the old mark of 24 saves was set by Kara Gulvas on Oct. 17, 2012.
The Nittany Lions had two players record hat tricks as four different players netted goals in the win. Forward Sara Hathaway (three goals, two assists) scored the game's first two goals and notched her hat trick in the 52nd minute. Forward Alexis Schoener (three goals) had one goal in the first half, where the Nittany Lions led 4-0, and added two tallies in the second half. Midfielders Charlotte Pizzuto and Jess Viola scored Penn St.-Berks' other goals.
The Bison women's soccer team sported special rainbow shoe laces today as they participated in the third annual #PlayWithPride week, sponsored by the United Soccer Coaches LGBT & Allies Advocacy Group. Teams across the country are showing their support for athletes and coaches of all sexual orientations and gender identities by wearing rainbow laces during the Third Annual Play With Pride Week during Sept. 16-22, 2019.
- Freshman forward Courtney Gentzke (Honeoye, N.Y.) had GU's lone shot in the 25th minute
- Penn St.-Berks took 12 corner kicks
- The loss snaps GU's two-game winning streak
- Penn St.-Berks leads the series 10-0
- Gallaudet has been outscored 92-1 in this series
- GU last scored against Penn St.-Berks in 2010
Gallaudet will travel next Saturday, Sept. 21, to Penn College (0-2-1, 0-0 NEAC) for a conference game at 3 p.m.