Dukes And UMass Tie, 3-3, In Double OT
Oct. 18, 2002
Amherst, Massachusetts -- - In a match between two of the Atlantic 10 Conference's ranked men's soccer teams, the Dukes and the UMass Minutemen battled to a double overtime 3-3 tie on Massachusetts' home turf. Senior David Gingrich (Export, PA / Penn-Trafford) found the back of the net twice while junior Damien Pottinger (Scarborough, Ontario / Mother Teresa) contributed an assist and the Red and Blue's other marker.
Duquesne, now 8-1-4 overall and 3-0-2 in the Atlantic 10, entered this weekend's matches ranked at number four in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) adidas Middle Atlantic Regional rankings. Massachusetts (8-4-1, 4-0-1 A10) is holding seventh place in the NSCAA New England Region.
The Minutemen grabbed the early lead as Yuri Morales took a cross from Jeff Deren and fired a top-shelf shot, giving the home team a 1-0 lead just 54 seconds into the game. Less than three minutes later, Gingrich scored his first goal of the afternoon as he nailed a shot in the top right corner on an assist from Pottinger. This tied the match a 1-1 at the 3:19 mark.
UMass regained the lead in the 34th minute when Deren scored his team-leading 13th goal with an assist from Chris Camerota. Gingrich answered again just five minutes later as he grabbed a Massachusetts turnover deep in the attack zone with 38:35 on the first half clock to tie the game at 2-2. The teams were unable able to break the tie before heading to intermission.
Duquesne took a 3-2 lead in the 76th minute on Pottinger's team-best eighth goal of the season. Senior Christian Reinecker (Reading, PA / Exeter Twp.) was credited with an assist. UMass Ptah Myers' goal on a header off Derek Rhodes' direct kick knotted the game at 3-3 with the clock reading 81:30.
Duquesne's senior goalkeeper Terry McNelis (Reading, PA / Exeter Twp.) made nine saves, including two in the final five minutes of the second half and two in the second overtime. Gingrich, who had scored his sixth goal of the season, received a second yellow card with just 38 seconds remaining in regulation which gave UMass an extra man throughout the overtime periods. UMass' goalie Enzo Altomore had three saves.
The Dukes complete the travel portion of their 2002 schedule on Sunday when they meet Rhode Island (9-4-0, 4-0-0 A10) at 1:00 p.m. at the URI Soccer Complex in Kingston, RI. URI is in sixth place in the NSCAA New England Region.