Dukes Play to 1-1 Draw With George Mason on Senior Night
Nov. 8, 2013
Duquesne's men's soccer team played to its first draw of the season as the Dukes tied visiting second place George Mason, 1-1 on Senior Night Friday evening at Rooney Field.
DU moved its record to 8-7-1, 3-3-1 while the Patriots finished the evening at 9-2-4, 4-0-3.
The Dukes allowed the first goal of the evening as GMU scored on a rebound in the 13th minute for a 1-0 DU deficit. The Red and Blue regrouped and tied the score for good as Kadeem Pantophlet tallied his team-best tying third goal of the season in the 30th minute on a through pass from Thomas de Villardi to knot the score.
Duquesne had a few additional first half legitimate scoring opportunities following the game-tying goal as Pantophlet had an open shot in front that went high, Austin Lange also fired an open shot high shortly after and Nick DiSomma had a ball saved by the GMU keeper off a set piece from Thomas de Villardi.
The second half and overtime played fairly evenly with both teams getting eight fruitless shots off.
"Tonight's opponent George Mason is obvioulsy a class team, hard working team, they have the record they have for a reason and our guys I felt matched their intensity very well and at times we had the better of the play," said head coach Chase Brooks. "Continuting for us it's about taking these small steps forward and realizing that we have the ability to play with any team in the country."
"I was happy for the guys tonight to get the result, but we can't settle and have to continue to raise our expectations and continue to push for three points instead of one on nights like tonight." Brooks continued. "Now it's time to re-focus and turn our attention to VCU, who again is another top team in the conference and hopefully end the regular season on a high note as we start to prepare for the post-season."
Keeper Sam Frymier made eight saves on the evening. Simon Gomez led DU with five shots, followed by Pantophlet with three. The Patriots held the overall shots advantage, 17-14 and also had an 8-1 lead in corner kicks. Duquesne was whistled with 16 fouls, compared to George Mason's seven.
The Dukes return to action at home on Sunday at 1:00 pm as they take on A-10 second place VCU at 1:00 pm with a chance at qualifying for the Atlantic 10 Championship.