Dukes Win Home Opener
Sept. 10, 2004
The Duquesne women's soccer team opened its 2004 home season in style taking a 4-2 victory over visiting Niagara Friday night on Rooney Field. Freshman Audra Mathews (Cincinnati, Ohio/Saint Ursula Academy) led the Dukes with two goals and fed the game-winner to fellow freshman Faye Rasmussen (Westlake, Ohio/Magnificat) in the 77th minute to seal the victory.
Niagara went up 1-0 in the ninth minute of play as Michelle Del Monte scored from Jenna Sporta. Nearly twenty minutes of scoreless play followed before Mathews netted the Dukes' first goal from Katie Schwager slipping the ball just out of reach as it bounced into the goal off the right post. The game was tied 1-1 at the break; despite Duquesne holding a 14-6 lead in shots.
It was a slow start for both squads in the start of the second frame until the Dukes found their rhythm hitting three goals over 6:33 to take the victory. Mathews took a 30-yard drive from Ashley Stelmak in the 75th minute to put the Red & Blue up 2-1 before passing the game-winning score to Rasmussen less than two minutes later who hit the back of the goal in the 77th minute for a 3-1 lead. Schwager slipped passed two defenders and notched the fourth goal of the game unassisted in the 84th minute. Niagara's Brittany Younglove closed out scoring with an unassisted goal in the 88th minute for the 4-2 final.
Duquesne out-shot the Purple Eagles 27-12 for the game and held a 6-1 edge on corner kicks. Keepers Virginia Bondi and Rachel Gecik (winning keeper) shared time in goal recording two and three saves respectively.
The Dukes (2-3) will host the Pac-10's Arizona (4-1-0) on Sunday in a 11:00 am match on Rooney Field.