Sept. 30, 2017
Jason Twum had a goal (27') and a key assist and goalkeeper Robbie McKelvey stopped seven shots to lead Duquesne (3-6-1, 1-0) to a 3-1 Atlantic 10-opening win over La Salle (4-5-1, 0-1) on Rooney Field. Zion Beaton (70') and Jallah Acqui (83') also scored for the Dukes who snapped a three-match winless streak.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Duquesne got on the board in the 27th minute when Austin Stout threaded a pass to a streaking Twum on the left side. Twum beat keeper Mark Tobin for his third goal of the season - and third goal in the past five games.
McKelvey had four saves in the opening 45 minutes for the Dukes.
Johnny Ciarlante had three of La Salle's four first half shots on goal.
McKelvey made a nice save on a close-in shot from Hayden Criollo just over one minute into the second half.
The Dukes made it a two-goal game when Beaton took a cross from Zach Hall and finished a first touch kick into the right corner. It was the first career goal for the DU freshman.
La Salle avoided its first shutout of the season when Criollo found the back of the net in the 76th minute. Criollo's goal came off a cross from Kenny Lassiter.
Acqui made it 3-1 when he took a short pass from Twum an put it by Tobin in the 83rd minute. Twum beat his defender one v one to make the pass to Acqui who scored his team high-tying third goal.
Acqui shot wide left after a long run to create a shot at an open net as time expired.
McKelvey's seven saves were one shy of his career high.
STAT OF THE GAME
This was Duquense's third-straight win over La Salle. The Dukes are now 6-1-3 against the Explorers in games played on Rooney Field.
The Dukes continue A-10 play when they host Saint Louis on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m.