Dukes Lose First A10 Match To URI, 3-2
Oct. 20, 2002
Kingston, Rhode Island -- - Duquesne's men's soccer team saw their undefeated conference record disappear as the host Rhode Island Rams were able to edge out the Dukes, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at the URI Soccer Complex.
Junior Damien Pottinger (Scarborough, Ontario / Mother Teresa) scored both of DU's goals in the opening stanza, giving him three goals and one assist on the weekend against the A10's regionally ranked New England teams. Pottinger leads the Dukes' offensive attack with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points.
Duquesne, now 8-1-5 overall and 3-1-2 in the Atlantic 10, is currently ranked at number four in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) adidas Middle Atlantic Regional rankings. Rhode Island (11-4-0, 6-0-0 A10) entered the weekend in seventh place in the NSCAA New England Region.
Duquesne jumped on the board first when sophomore Derek Mackenzie (Carnegie, PA / Chartiers Valley) played a perfect through ball to Pottinger at the top of the box. Pottinger then slipped the ball into the lower right corner to give the Dukes a 1-0 lead at the 22:35 mark.
Rhode Island responded in short order as senior Peter Benevides blasted in a shot off a cross from sophomore Sasha Gotsmanov to knot the game at 1-1 at the 23:18 mark. Pottinger scored his second goal of the half, at 38:28, on a one-touch shot from a volley into the box from senior James Tarone (Rockville, MD / Thomas Wooton) to give Duquesne the 2-1 lead heading into halftime.
Rhode Island knotted the game midway through the second half when senior Nilton Monteiro scored his first career goal on a header after a direct kick from sophomore Emerson Aquilera at the 64:03 mark. The Rams scored the game-winning goal, at 80:32, when junior Perek Belleh put in a shot following a scramble in the box off a rebounded shot from sophomore Mohamed Keita. His score gave URI the 3-2 lead and the victory.
Senior Terry McNelis (Reading, PA / Exeter Twp.) had five saves for Duquesne while URI's junior Michael Charles recorded three stops.
This match completed the Dukes' regular season travel schedule. The Dayton Flyers will come into Pittsburgh for a Friday evening match at 7:00 p.m. on Rooney Field.