Dukes Take UMass 4-2 in Season Finale
Oct. 31, 2004
Duquesne University women's soccer wrapped-up its 2004 season Sunday afternoon with a 4-2 defeat of visiting Massachusetts in an Atlantic 10 bout on Rooney Field. Four seniors went out in style as the Dukes tied the school record for wins in a season going 9-10-1 overall. Prior to the game, seniors Caitlin Holmes, Katie Ireland, Justine Itte and Katie Schwager were recognized by the Department of Athletics. Katie Schwager led the game's scoring notching two goals.
Massachusetts (7-10-1, 5-6-0) started the game with a Nadia Villaroel goal from Jenny Roerhig at 5:59 beating out keeper Rachel Gecik for an open shot into the left side of the net. Twelve minute of scoreless play followed before Ashley Stelmak launched a 30-yards shot over the keeper's reach at 17:39 for a 1-1 game. Faye Rasmussen took a shot in the 38th minute that bounced off a block into the path of Schwager who landed her first goal of the game at 39:12 for a 2-1 Duquesne edge they would take into halftime.
Duquesne's Caitlin Holmes, a defender, headed in a bounced ball from a corner kick at 50:04 for the insurance and game-winning goal for a 3-1 lead followed by Schwager's second goal of the game in the 56th minute for a 4-1 edge. UMass' Britt Canfield hit a straight shot into the goal at 80:38 to end the scoring on the day for the 4-2 final.
Gecik recorded seven saves on 17 shots on the day while Kristin Walker had six for the Minutewomen.
The Dukes were out-shot 10-6 in the second frame, but out-scored the Minutewomen 2-1 to secure the win.
Schwager ends her Duquesne career first in career goals (18), assists (12) and points (48). Freshman Audra Mathews has a promising career ahead of her ending her collegiate debut first for the Dukes with 11 assists, 27 points and eight goals. Her 11 assists set a new Duquesne single-season mark.