Pittsburgh, PA — The Duquesne men’s soccer team came in to Wednesday night’s match against Saint Louis hoping to replicate its success against La Salle, but left Rooney Field disappointed.
Duquesne had some chances deep in Saint Louis territory, especially in the first half but missed connections frequently derailed that momentum.
Though the game was tied at halftime, Duquesne fell by a 3-0 score to Saint Louis.
“When you are playing a team of Saint Louis’s caliber you know you’re not going to be on the ball as much as you’d like to be,” Duquesne coach Chase Brooks said. “We still had our opportunities and had better chances in the first half. If we put one of those in, it’s a completely different game. As a team we have to continue to grow up and learn and be a bit more lethal when we have our opportunities.”
Saint Louis came in with seven goals in as many matches, but really the statistic was a bit skewed. The Billikens quite possibly played the most challenging non-conference schedule in the Atlantic 10 and it was clear by this match that it paid off.
Perhaps the highlight of Saint Louis’s season to date was a win against then fifth ranked Stanford by a 2-0 score. Stanford is the defending NCAA Champion.
SLU was predicted to finish second in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll amassing 153 total points and two first place votes. Duquesne will not be playing Fordham, the team stop that preseason poll, in the regular season.
For his part, Brooks expects Saint Louis to compete for an Atlantic 10 Championship this season.
Saint Louis first scored in the 61st minute when Keaton Schieffer scored his first career goal. It was a point-blank shot from about 20 yards out and was perfectly placed towards the upper right corner of the goal.
Its second tally came via the penalty kick in the 81st minute. As Saint Louis’s Lennart Hein stepped back to take the kick, an eerie silence rang across Rooney Field. This silence only continued after Hein scored his fifth goal of the season.
Duncan Corbett concluded Saint Louis’s scoring at 87′ rocketing a kick in the very upper-right corner of the goal.
“You have to tip your cap for two of those goals, they were great strikes,” said Brooks. “The other goal, the penalty kick, that’s the ref’s decision and that’s fine. With a young and inexperienced team, we dipped just a little bit and that was enough as you can see. You have to see us bring it every single minute in every single game and that’s where we faltered a little bit tonight.”
Now at 3-7-1 and 1-1 in Atlantic 10 play, Duquesne will now take to the road for two matches beginning Saturday at UMass. Duquesne is 0-4-1 away from Rooney Field this season.