Dukes Shutout St. Francis, 6-0
Sept. 17, 2004
The Duquesne women's soccer team upped its record to 3-4-0 with a 6-0 shutout over visiting St. Francis (1-5-0) Friday night on Rooney Field amidst a downpour from remnants of Hurricane Ivan. Junior Erica Carey (Wilmington, N.C./J.T. Hoggard) notched her first career hat trick, and just the sixth in Duquesne history, with three scores to paced the Red & Blue. Freshman Audra Mathews (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) added two goals and tied the team's lead with two assists for four points.
Faye Rasmussen (Westlake, Ohio/Magnificat) added a goal while Ashley Stelmak (Broadview Hts., Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) assisted on two goals and Cynthia Kaylor (Centreville, Va./Centreville) added an assist. Keepers Virginia Bondi (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) and Rachel Gecik (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) split time in goal to post the Dukes' second shutout of the season.
Carey put the Dukes on the board at 13:53 with an assist from Mathews before 17 minutes of scoreless play passed. Freshman Faye Rasmussen took a give from sophomore Ashley Stelmak and hit the right back corner of the net after finding the SFU keeper wide left in the box. Stelmak took a shot in the 41st minute that ricocheted off the keeper and bounced back her way, which set up Carey's second goal of the night at 41:45. Duquesne held a 3-0 lead at the half and out-shot the Red Flash 12-3.
Mathews hit two of the team's three goals in the second frame chipping in a loose ball past the keeper at 74:11 before heading in a long give from Stelmak who had set up the ball from a St. Francis foul at the 35-yard line at 78:35. Freshman Cynthia Kaylor set up the final score passing the ball to Carey who's shot bounced in off the bottom post for the hat trick at 85:09.
The Dukes out-shot the Red Flash 23 to 6 on the night and held a 4-2 edge on corner kicks.
Duquesne's six goals are the most they have scored in a match since a 6-1 win, also over St. Francis, on Oct. 30, 1997. The team's record is nine goals vs. Robert Morris back in 1995. The win also snapped a two-match losing skid to the Red Flash.
The Dukes return to play this Sunday as they host Canisius in a 3:00 pm non-conference bout on Rooney Field.