Oct. 7, 2017
Davis Smith scored twice to lead Massachusetts (8-2-2, 2-0) to a 5-0 win over Duquesne (3-8-1, 1-2) in Amherst. Bardia Asefnia and John Black combined to stop three DU shots in posting the shutout. Zach Hall had a team-high three shots for the Dukes.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Hall had the first good chance of the match when he got behind the UMass defense and sent a shot off the right post in the fourth minute.
• UMass broke the ice on a header by Smith in the 16th minute. Smith’s goal - his fifth of the season - came off a corner kick from Alex DeSantis.
• The Minutemen added a second goal just before the half when Christian Labeck knocked in a rebound after DU’s Scott Rissler turned away a penalty kick. Rissler made a save on the initial PK from Matthew Mooney. The ball caromed off the post to UMass’s Jared McCleary who also hit the post before Labeck gathered the rebound and put it by a prone Rissler.
• UMass added a third goal, this one on a header from Connor O’Dwyer just over three minutes into the second half.
• Smith scored his second goal in the 59th minute when he ran down a pass on the right side and shot across the box from a tough angle to the left corner of the goal.
• Samual Asamoah closed out the scoring with an unassisted tally in the 88th minute.
• UMass outshot the Dukes 16-10, including 9-3 on goal.
STAT OF THE GAME
Freshman Zion Beaton had two of Duquesne’s three shots on goal.
DUQUESNE HEAD COACH Chase Brooks
”We had a game plan going into today and executed it extremely well early on. At some point we give up a soft goal and this has become a repetitious thing for us. We are not playing with the intensity I’d like to see from start to finish. We have a lot of growing up to do. We have to own that and move forward and figure out who we’re going to be.”
The Dukes head to North Carolina to face Davidson on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m.