Dukes Win Season Opener Over Howard, 4-0
Aug. 24, 2012
Duquesne's men's soccer team opened the 2012 campaign on a high note, taking down Howard, 4-0 Friday evening in day one action of the Duquesne Invitational at Rooney Field.
The tone was set early as Simon Gomez took a long pass from Austin Lange in the ninth minute and outran the defenders along the right side of the field and beat the goalkeeper for an early 1-0 lead which held up at halftime. The Dukes, who outshot the Bison 15-3 in the game had a 7-0 shots advantage in the first half.
Early in the second stanza, Gomez factored in another DU score as he set up Joshua Patterson in the 48th minute for a 2-0 lead.
Play went back and forth for the next 16 minutes before Colin Phillips fired a shot on goal which was saved by the Howard keeper, but Karter Sell followed the play nicely, grabbing the rebound and burying it into the back of the net for a 3-0 score in the 64th minute.
The Dukes return to action on Sunday as they host Niagara at 2:00 pm. The game will follow an 11:30 match-up between Pitt and Howard. Prior to DU's victory on Friday, Pitt and Niagara played to a 1-1 tie as the Panthers sent the game into OT with a goal off a corner kick with four seconds remaining in regulation.