Dukes Take Bonnies in A-10 Opener
Sept. 26, 2004
The Dukes women's soccer team opened its 2004 Atlantic 10 season with a 4-1 margin over visiting St. Bonaventure (7-3-0, 0-1-0) Sunday afternoon on Rooney Field. Junior Erica Carey led the match with two scores while senior Katie Schwager and freshman Kelly Reed also found the back of the net. Schwager's penalty kick goal in the 69th minute would prove to be the game-winner. Keeper Virginia Bondi recorded 10 saves on 19 shots.
The Bonnies, who entered the match with an A-10 best 3.75 goals per game average, suffered their largest loss to date. They entered the contest 16th in the NCAA in goals per game and won six of their seven matches via shutout. But St. Bonaventure had even a bigger loss in the game as sophomore Kerry O'Malley, their leading scorer with nine goals and six assists, went down with less than three minutes of play off the clock with an injury and did not return.
The match was evenly played in the first half, but the Bonnies started strong out-scoring the Dukes 4-1 until DU's Erica Carey put the Red & Blue on the board at 16:37 on a direct kick for a 1-0 edge. The Bonnies tied the contest at 31:53 on a Heather McDougall goal as she booted in the long shot into the far left corner from Cheryl Benacci. The period ended with the 1-1 tie with the Bonnies holding an 11-10 edge on shots.
The second frame saw some solid defense on both sides before a controversial off-sides call on Duquesne in the 69th put an end to a possible break-away score. Seconds later, Katie Schwager was awarded a penalty kick shot that beat out the keeper at 69:48 for a 2-1 edge. The Bonnies saw an end to a possible tie at 77:33 as Katie Fredlund took a high shot that was tipped by keeper Virginia Bondi and then bounced off the crossbar out of play.
Schwager and Elizabeth Riggs set up a nice goal for Carey at 80:14 to put the Dukes up 3-1. Reed closed out the scoring with an unassisted score going one-on-one with the keeper at the 86:49 mark.
SBU recorded five saves on 10 shots in the first frame, but did not post a save in the second half as three goals were scored on six shots.
The victory extended the Dukes' winning streak to four as they enter a six-match road series. DU (6-4-0, 1-0-0) next heads to Ohio to take on Xavier Oct. 1 and Dayton Oct. 3.