Dukes Fall in A-10 Championship Game, 3-2
Nov. 17, 2002
The men's soccer team fell to George Washington, 3-2 in the Atlantic 10 championship game. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime and 2-2 with 1:27 remaining in regulation when the Colonials scored the winning goal.
Senior David Gingrich (Export, PA / Penn-Trafford) scored the first half goal for Duquesne while junior Damien Pottinger (Scarborough, Ontario / Mother Teresa) found the net in the second half for the Red and Blue. Gingrich, Pottinger and sophomore Derek Mackenzie (Carnegie, PA / Chartiers Valley) were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Duquesne scored quickly in the third minute of the match, when Gingrinch broke through the defense and beat GW's goalkeeper with a shot into the lower left corner. GW tied the match in the 23rd minute when senior Michael Goldman scored off a pass from junior Arnar Johannsson to knot the match at 1-1.
The two teams would remain tied at the half, and continue the stalemate through the early moments in the second half. GW broke when Johannsson scored off a cross from senior Matthew Osborne to give the Colonials the 2-1 edge with 31:56 left in the game. The Dukes tied the match at 2-2 in the 84th minute on Pottinger's shot.
With 1:27 left on the clock, junior Fabio Andrade lifted a cross over the senior keeper Terry McNelis' head that Osborne scored on with a diving header, giving the Colonials the 3-2 win.
Duquesne (13-3-5, 7-1-3) will find out Monday if they will receive an invitation to the NCAA Championships. The Dukes, who are in third place for the third straight week in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's NSCAA/adidas Middle-Atlantic Regional rankings, have been in the rankings for all but one week this year.