@DuqMSoccer Suffers First Road Loss
Sept. 27, 2015
FINAL: Robert Morris 2, Duquesne 1 (2OT)
TEAM RECORDS: Duquesne 2-4-1 // Robert Morris 5-5
DUQUESNE STARTERS: #1 Frymier (GK), #2 West, #3 Phillips, #8 Healion, #12 Rochowski, #15 Essig, #16 Merrifield, #21 Walbert, #22 Alescio, #25 Seidu, #34 Drevitch
ROBERT MORRIS STARTERS: #1 Alfrey (GK), #3 Jull, #4 Latchford, #6 Edland, #7 Puntillo, #8 Bruzual, #10 McIvor, #17 Fonagy, #20 George, #23 Cooper, #26 Scheidmantel
KEEPERS OF RECORD: Frymier (1-4-1) // Alfrey (5-5-0)
GOALS: Drevitch (DUQ) 25'; Puntillo (RMU) 82'; Bruzual (RMU) 108'
QUICK RECAP: Robert Morris' Rafael Bruzual beat Duquesne's Sam Frymier to the ball eight yards from the goal line and got just enough of it to push it into the net and give the Colonials a 2-1 double-overtime win at RMU's North Athletic Complex. The goal came after the Colonials tied it in the 82nd minute on a score by Lucas Puntillo. Freshman Peace Drevitch scored DU's lone goal in the 25th minute. RMU's Jake Cooper put a ball through from midfield that Puntillo rolled slowly toward the DU goal with Bruzual and Duquesne's Colin Phillips in pursuit. Frymier came off the line to meet the charging pair and was a split second late as Bruzual got a toe on the slow-rolling ball and slid it just inside the left goal post in the 108th minute. The loss was the first on the road for the Dukes who dropped to 2-4-1 overall. The win evened Robert Morris' record at 5-5. Drevitch's goal came on a second attack following a corner kick when he took a pass from Phillips and chipped it to the far left over RMU keeper Brenden Alfrey. Puntillo ruined DU's bid for its third consecutive shutout when he posted the first goal by a DU opponent since the 15th minute of a 1-0 loss to Cleveland State on Sept. 13. Duquesne had an excellent scoring chance with just under 19 minutes left in regulation when Alfrey guessed correctly on a George Poppas penalty kick, diving to his right to knock the low shot away. The top scoring chance of the first overtime came with 1:40 left when Brandon Walbert put one off the crossbar from the top of the box after RMU tried to clear a Bryan Fegley corner kick. Frymier made a big save off a Keane McIvor shot from just inside the right side of the box with 6:38 left in the second overtime. The rebound came back to Puntillo, who shot it wide right. Bruzual's game winner came after a pair of DU corner kicks with just over three minutes left. Duquesne finished with four more shots than Robert Morris (19-15), but the Colonials managed two more shots on goal (9-7). The Dukes had 12 corner kicks to three for RMU. Frymier had seven saves for the Dukes. Drevitch, whose goal came on his first career shot, joined fellow freshman Ian Larson in this season's first-career-shot goal group. Larson netted the game-winner on his first shot as a Duke in DU's 1-0 win at Colgate last Sunday.
NEXT UP: The Dukes conclude their stretch of four consecutive road games when they head to Loretto, Pa. to face Saint Francis U on Wednesday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m.