Dukes Shutout Griffs 3-0
Sept. 19, 2004
Pittsburgh, PA - Duquesne women's soccer notched its second shutout of the weekend blanking visiting Canisius 3-0 Sunday afternoon on Rooney Field. Freshman Faye Rasmussen (Westlake, Ohio/Magnificat) netted the game-winner at 19:40 with an assist from fellow frosh Audra Mathews (Cincinnati, Ohio/Saint Ursula Academy). Mathews was the standout performer on the day with two assists and a penalty kick goal.
The Dukes used the talents of three keepers with Rachel Gecik (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) getting the win with three saves in 45 minutes of play. Virginia Bondi (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) etched nearly 37 minutes of play with one save while freshman Catherine Hellmuth saw her first collegiate action clocking in eight minutes.
Duquesne started the match a bit slow despite riding high on a 6-0 shutout over St. Francis on Friday night hitting just one goal in the first frame with Rasmussen's score in the 19th minute. The Dukes held a 1-0 edge at the half and out-shot the Griffs 14-5.
The second period saw several missed opportunities for the Red & Blue. Mathews just barely missed a goal in the 48th minute as her shot bounced off the lower edge of the post and Katie Schwager had a shot go just over the crossbar in the 55th minute. It wasn't until the 72:23 mark that Kelly Reed (South Park, Pa./South Park) headed in the Dukes' second score from five yard out from Mathews' feed. The game got pretty physical toward the end as three cards where handed out in the final 15 minutes, including a red card to Canisius' Jen Smith as she shoved Mathews in the box to set up the PK. Mathews nailed the ball straight on-goal past the Griffs' Jenna Gage, who showed little effort to stop the shot. It was the first penalty shot attempt this season for the Dukes.
The Dukes defense was strong as well with senior Caitlin Holmes (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) and freshman Cynthia Kaylor (Centreville, Va./Centreville) and Emily Sedgwick (Syracuse, N.Y./The Loomis Chaffey School) blocking several shots/passes and doing an excellent job of keeping the ball out of scoring position for Canisius.
DU out-shot the Golden Griffs 35-6 on the day and held a 9-1 edge on corner kicks. The Dukes were a little more aggressive drawing 10 fouls to their eight.
Duquesne (4-4-0) will travel to Robert Morris on Wednesday, Sept. 22, for a 4:00 pm non-conference match-up.