Men’s Soccer Falls at Duquesne, 2-1
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Despite scoring the game’s first goal, the visiting Navy men’s soccer team (1-5-0) lost to Duquesne (2-4-0), 2-1, on Saturday evening at Rooney Field.
“Much like the George Washington game, we were able to get the early lead but we couldn’t finish it,” said Navy head coach Tim O’Donohue. “The guys are playing well and we are making progress, but we are not getting the results. We have one more non-conference game and then it’s time for Patriot League play.”
Navy also led George Washington 1-0 on Wednesday before suffering a 3-1 defeat.
Against Duquesne on Saturday night, Navy scored the game’s first goal in the 27th minute on a penalty kick. Navy senior midfielder Aubrey Jones was fouled in the penalty box after creating a scoring opportunity. Jones converted the ensuing penalty kick to put the Mids up 1-0.
Jones scored his second goal of the season. He now has eight career goals and 18 career points.
Duquesne evened the game nine minutes later in the 36th after a Navy foul. Junior Ian Larson struck a free kick from 26 yards out that hit the left side of Navy’s goal to even the game at 1-1. The tally came on Duquesne’s first shot on goal in the contest.
Duquesne’s Jason Twum scored the game-winning goal in the 61st minute. Nigel Seidu sent a long pass forward that Twum controlled while moving past Navy’s last two defenders and then struck the go-ahead goal past Navy’s goalkeeper.
Navy continued to press until the final whistle, but was not able to draw even with the Dukes.
Navy outshot Duquesne in the game, 11-10, and had a 5-4 edge in shots on goal. Navy also held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Senior forward Daniel Zaremba took a team-high three shots for Navy, with two being on goal.
Duquesne goalkeeper Robbie McKelvey made four saves in the contest, while Navy goalkeeper Mac Burke made two saves.
The all-time series between Navy and Duquesne is even at 1-1-1. The two teams played to a 0-0 draw last season.
Navy will next play at UMBC (4-1-1) on Wednesday.