Dukes' Men Soccer Blanks Buffalo, 5-0

Duquesne's men's soccer is back with a winning streak as they dropped the Mid-American Conference's Buffalo, 5-0, Sunday afternoon at Rooney Field on the Bluff.

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Duquesne, which last week dropped out of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Mid-Atlantic Region poll for the first time this season, picked up their second straight shutout this week, Sunday over the Buffalo Bulls.

Sophomore Tyler Tompkins, who scored the gamewinner Wednesday in the 1-0 victory at Robert Morris, had two goals this afternoon. Tompkins repeated Wednesday's performance with a game-best three shots on goal to move within one of junior Ben Horner's 2009 team-best 11 SOGs.

Freshman Joshua Patterson, via an assist from Horner, opened the scoring just two minutes into the game. That turned out to be the gamewinner.

Tompkins scored twice, at 24:08 and 32:09 of the first half, with assists from senior Matthew Groves and freshman Brendan Duffy, raising the Dukes' lead to 3-0.

Junior Stefan Lundberg's penalty kick past BU goalie Nick Fetterman at the 41:34 mark added another to the scoreboard. DU was 4-0 at halftime.

Groves picked up his second assist when he and Tompkins set up sophomore Dave Cassanelli with about 20 minutes left in regulation for the final score of 5-0.

Buffalo (4-4-1) outshot the Dukes 15-12. Seven of the Red & Blue's were on target (58.3%) while four of the Bulls' attempts (26.7%) were stopped by the Dukes' sophomore goalie Colin Thorp. Fetterman and substitute goasltender Ryan Lewis each had one save.

The Dukes, now 4-3-1, finish their non-conference schedule when another Buffalo, N.Y. team, Canisius (1-5-1), visits Rooney Field during homecoming weekend, at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2009.