Dukes Suffer Loss to Eastern Michigan
Aug. 29, 2004
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Duquesne suffered a 1-0 loss to Eastern Michigan (2-0) Sunday in its second game of the Bowling Green Falcon Classic. The Dukes (0-2) took just 10 shots, led by freshman Faye Rasmussen (Westlake, Ohio / Magnificat) with four. Rasmussen and fellow frosh Audra Mathews (Cincinnati, Ohio / Saint Ursula Academy) were named to the all-tournament team.
The game saw 62 minutes of scoreless play before EMU's Kai Harris slipped the ball past keeper Virginia Bondi (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) in the 63rd minute for the lone score of the match.
Early in the second half, Jessica Hupe just missed putting EMU on the board. EMU goalie Nikki Allen unleashed a long punt that bounded over the heads of the Duquesne defense. Hupe raced onto the ball, with DU 'keeper Bondi forced to come out to try to stop the semi-breakaway. Hupe slid the ball past Bondi, but it rolled wide of the right post.
Approximately 10 minutes later, Allen made what might have been her toughest save of the day, stopping a point-blank shot by Rasmussen.
Harris and the Eagles finally broke through at the 63:15 mark. Tricia Roberts blasted a hard shot from just above the 18-yard box. Bondi was able to stop the ball, but could not hang onto it, as it trickled to her left. Hupe tracked it down on the goal line and slid the ball across the goalmouth. It found a wide-open Harris on the doorstep, and the EMU junior one-timed it home.
Allen was forced to make two saves in the remaining minutes.
Duquesne was out-shot 27 to 10 on the day. While EMU held a 12-4 margin in total shots in the first half, the teams went to the break scoreless. Bondi recorded eight saves.
In the tournament's final contest, Pittsburgh (1-1) topped host Bowling Green (1-1), 2-0. The Dukes will travel to Oakland to face these same Panthers on Fri. Sept. 3 in a 7:00 pm contest.
Jessica Hupe, Eastern Michigan