Dukes Take La Salle in A-10 Women's Soccer Action
Oct. 5, 2003
The Duquesne women's soccer team captured a 1-0 overtime Atlantic 10 victory over visiting La Salle Sunday afternoon on Rooney Field. The win puts the Dukes at 6-4-2 overall, 2-0-1 in the Atlantic 10. Sophomore Erica Carey (Wilmington, N.C./J.T. Hoggard) booted a 15-yard shot into the lower left hand corner in the 98th-minute to take the win. It was her third goal of the season and first game-winning score.
Keeper Virginia Bondi posted a stellar performance in front of the net recording 12 saves on 24 shots in 98:27 of action while a solid Duquesne defense was responsible for two team saves and two blocked shots that would have otherwise scored.
The game saw 85 minutes of potential goal-less play before La Salle missed a prime scoring opportunity shooting wide left with 5:20 remaining on an empty corner of the goal. The Dukes had Lady Luck on their side with 1:25 ticking as a La Salle shot just went out of reach of Bondi and hit the crossbar.
Both teams came out strong and determined in the first overtime period as seven total fouls were called over an eight-minute span. The key call was a La Salle handball at with 2:05 ticking in the first OT that set up the direct kick for Carey. The Dukes' Carey and Lauren Bracco (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hallow Hills West) both lined near the ball as Bracco faked the attempt leaving Carey open to move the ball left and take the solid shot for the win.
Coach Walker's six wins in his initial season are the most for the Dukes women's soccer program since the 1999 slate (7-11-1).
Duquesne returns to action this Friday as they host Richmond at 7:00 pm on Rooney Field.