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@DuqMSoccer, Kozlowski Keeps Shut Out Streak Going, Tie Buffalo

from Duquesne University Athletic Department report
The Duquesne men’s soccer team ended Saturday night’s game against Buffalo in a 0-0 tie on Rooney Field.
Keeper Evan Kozlowski  recorded his fifth consecutive shutout spanning 536 total minutes.

Evan  Kozlowski

Evan Kozlowski

With the fifth consecutive shutout, Duquesne ties a program record that was set in Oct. 6 – Oct. 15, 2000.
Both teams were held scoreless through the first half, with DU’s best chance coming in the 33rdminute when Jallah Acqui’s shot in the crease from a pass by Chris Alescio went high. The Dukes nearly found the back of the net in the 39th minute when Acqui’s shot was stopped by Buffalo keeper Joseph Kuta.
Duquesne outshot the Bulls 6-3 in the first half, with Buffalo’s lone shot on goal occurring in the 34th minute from a Daniel Cramarossa free kick, which was stopped by Kozlowski.
The Dukes went on to outshoot the Bulls in the second half 6-2. Ryan Landry nearly capitalized in the 58th minute, however his attempt was deflected by Kuta, keeping the game scoreless. ABryan Fegley shot in the 61st minute was another close scoring opportunity for the Dukes, however Kuta turned it aside.
The final attempt for either team in regulation occurred in the 83rd minute when Buffalo’s Russell Cicerone connected on a cross from Steven Stryker, which he headed wide of the goal.
Acqui’s shot in the 91st minute stood as Duquesne’s only scoring attempt for the first overtime period, but his shot went wide, bringing the game into double overtime.
Alescio and Fegley each recorded shots for Duquesne in the second overtime period, but the game would end in a 0-0 draw.
In total, Duquesne outshot Buffalo 15-6, including a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal.

Tonight was a hard-fought battle against a good team and I felt that we lacked a little bit of that killer instinct in the final third that may have been able to put us over the top,” said Chase Brooks.
“All in all, it was a good non-conference portion for our guys and we need to realize we’re back at square one now, everyone has an even record, and we have to get after it in conference play.”

UP NEXT: The Dukes head to Olean, N.Y. to open Atlantic 10 Conference play against St. Bonaventure Wednesday at 7 p.m. Duquesne leads the all-time series versus the Bonnies 13-6-3, going 4-0 in their last four games. The Dukes will then return home to host George Washington on Saturday at 7 p.m.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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