Zach Hall had a goal and assist for the Dukes.
Aug. 25, 2017
Saint Francis U rallied from a 2-0 first half deficit to defeat Duquesne 4-2 in the season opener for both teams at SFU's Stokes Soccerplex. Zach Hall (5') and Jallah Acqui (33') scored for the Dukes. Troye Keirnan scored twice for the Red Flash.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dukes got on the board early when Ryan Landry took a throw in on the left side - angled past a pair of defenders - and played it across to Zach Hall, who buried a left-footed strike in the upper left corner in the fifth minute.
In the 33rd minute, Hall beat an SFU defender down the right side and crossed it to Jallah Acqui who headed the ball past Marcus Rojas from the top of the six-yard box.
A few minutes later, Hall came in on a two-on-one and had a shot from the right side of the box saved by a hard-charging Rojas. The save rebounded directly to Hall who sent a second shot goalward that was cleared off the line by a supporting Red Flash defender.
The Dukes were awarded a free kick early in the second half when Zion Beaton was taken down at the top of the box. Hall's kick was saved by Rojas.
SFU got on the board in the 56th minute when Troye Kiernan rattled a shot off the right post, gathered the rebound and put it in the back of the net.
The Red Flash tied it in the 66th minute when the Dukes turned it over at midfield and Kevin Smolyn found an uncontested Tulio Canineu racing down the left side. Canineu put it by Rissler from just outside the six.
Mario Mastrangelo gave the Red Flash the lead when he took a pass from Keirnan on a two-on-one and scored from 10 yards out in the 72nd minute.
Kiernan cliched it with a goal in the 86th minute.
STAT OF THE GAME
This was the first time since Nov. 7, 2015 (a 3-1 win over Davidson) that the Dukes scored twice in the opening half (a span of 19 games).
DUQUESNE HEAD COACH Chase Brooks
"This game was clearly a tale of two halves. In the first half, we were able to score early, weather a little storm, and close the half strong. We knew they were going to come out strong in the second half. We just made too many little mistakes that turned into big opportunities and you just can't do that at this level. I give all the credit to Saint Francis, they deserved the win. We have to get back at it and get ready for Sunday."
The Dukes return to Pittsburgh to host Bloomsburg in the 2017 home opener on Sunday, August 27 at Noon on Rooney Field. Admission is free.