Red and Blue Stretch Winning Streak to Four With 1-0 Shutout of UIW
Sep 8, 2013
Duquesne improved to 4-0 on the season with a 1-0 victory over Incarnate Word Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Duquesne Invitational. The win marks the first time Duquesne has ever opened a season 4-0 and with four shutouts, it is the most consecutive shutouts since four in 2003.
The Dukes started slow, managing just four shots in the first half in being outshot, 9-4 by the Cardinals.
"It was a tale of two halves for us," said head coach Chase Brooks. "We did not have the proper energy in the first half."
The energy level rose in the second half as the Dukes fired off eight shots, including the one that found the back of the net. After a UIW foul on the left side of the field about 25 yards out, Colin Phillips fired a direct kick which the Cardinal keeper stopped, but bounced away, where Josh Ellis retrieved in and buried it in the back of the goal.
"The team responded well in the second half," said Brooks. "Some guys played additional minutes today and were opportunistic at the right time."
Sam Frymier kept the Dukes in the game with several big plays, including a save from a seated position. He tallied a season-high nine saves on the day in posting his fourth straight shutout.
The Dukes return to action on Thursday, Sept. 12 as they travel to Georgetown for a 4:00 contest.
"We need to get ready for a tough game at Georgetown and bring it for the full 90 minutes," concluded Brooks.
2013 Duquesne Invitational All-Tournament Team
St. Bonaventure (2-0) won the tournament, winning the goal differential tie-breaker over Duquesne (2-0).