Dukes Take Over First Place In A-10

Oct. 24, 2004

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Philadelphia, Pa. -- Duquesne University men's soccer team took a 2-0 shutout at Saint Joseph's Sunday afternoon to improve to 10-6-0 overall, 6-2-0 in A-10 play.

The win moved the Dukes into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference. DU and Dayton were tied atop the A-10 standings entering today's games. The Flyers dropped a 3-1 match at George Washington this afternoon. UD is now 5-3-0 in the league, 8-6-1 overall.

The Dukes broke a scoreless tie when sophomore Noah Salsi (North Huntingdon, PA / Norwin) headed senior Derek MacKenzie's (Carnegie, PA / Chartiers Valley) corner kick past Saint Joseph's goalkeeper Trevor Lyman for a 1-0 lead at 56:24.

Freshman Greg Annan (Roswell, GA / Lassiter) notched the insurance goal ten minutes later, smashing a low liner to the far right post off a misplayed Hawks' pass.

Sophomore keeper Zach Varga (Mountville, PA / Hempfield) went the distance and recorded three saves on the day for his fifth shutout of the season and 12th of his career.

The Dukes outshot the Hawks 23 to 9 and held a 15-4 corner kick advantage. Lyman was a busy man on this overcast fall day, recording 11 saves. The loss dropped St. Joe's to 3-11-1, 2-5-1 in league play.

Duquesne, 8th in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Middle Atlantic Region poll, continues the road portion of the 2004 A-10 schedule next weekend in New England.

The Red and Blue take on Rhode Island (10-5-1, 5-2-1) on Friday, Oct. 29th at 7:00 p.m and will face Massachusetts (7-7-2, 4-2-2) on Sunday, October 31st at 1:00 p.m. DU closes the regular season the following weekend at St. Bonaventure (7-7-1, 3-5-0) on Sat. Nov. 6, 2004 at 1:00 p.m.

The Rams, who entered the week as the No. 3 team in the New England region, won both of their weekend games and are now one point behind #2 Temple in the league standings. The Flyers dropped to fourth.



The No. 9 Minutemen (N.E.) split their contests. The Bonnies, who also split this weekend, are No. 8 in NSCAA's New York region.


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