DU Women's Soccer Topped by Niagara, 2-1

The inevitable happened. Duquesne University athletics dropped its first competition of the 2008 season as the Red and Blue's women's soccer team lost to Niagara, 2-1, Friday evening at Rooney Field in Pittsburgh. Niagara scored two straight goals in the second half for the come-from-behind victory over the Dukes.

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The drama is over. Duquesne sports has lost its first event of the 2008-09 season after going 15-0 in cross country, 5-0 in volleyball, 1-0-2 in men's soccer and 0-0-1 in women's soccer prior to today's 7:00 p.m. game.

Duquesne and Niagara were in a scoreless tie in the first period, thanks to DU junior Brittany Findley's eight first half saves, before sophomore Kristin Vinicky's penalty kick with less than five minutes to go before the break put the Dukes up 1-0.

The Atlantic 10 school kept the edge until Caitlyn Kilkenny's shot tied the game, 1-1, with just over 15 minutes left in regulation. Lauro Kimoto gave the visitors a 2-1 edge at 80:56.

The Dukes got off three shots in the final minutes though none got through to test NU goaltender Ashleigh Bowers.

Duquesne outshot NU 21-18 with Vinicky and senior Shannon Rengers each taking five shots, each sending a pair toward the net. Soph Samantha Kaiser also had two SOGs.

NU's Stephanie Gartley had game-highs of seven shots and four shots on goal. NU edged DU in net-bound attempts, 11-7.

Bowers was credited with six saves. Findley had a total of nine stops.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference program is now 2-1-0 while the Dukes are 0-1-1.

Duquesne heads to Saint Francis (1-0-2) for a non-conference match on Sunday, September 7, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. in Loretto, Pa.

Notes:

  • Duquesne played Niagara in volleyball, winning 3-1, in first day action at the Maryland-Baltimore County Tournament.
  • The women's soccer team was originally charged with losing last Friday's double overtime game to Jacksonville, 2-1, until the NCAA ruled had ended as a 1-1 tie since 15 minute, rather than 10-minute, extra time periods had been oplayed.


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