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Duquesne, RMU men fall to 2nd half comebacks

From Duquesne University and Robert Morris University athletic department reports
It was a tough Thursday for the two Pittsburgh area Division I men’s teams in action, Duquense and Robert Morris.
Both had leads heading into the half, and both would end up losing.


Robert Morris men lost a heart breaker, in which they blew a 3-0 lead on the road, losing 4-3 only one minute into the overtime period to Canisius at Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, NY.
Robert Morris (0-3-0) raced out to a three-goal advantage in the first half, but Canisius (1-1-0) chipped away with goals in the 41st, 70th, and 86th minutes before winning it in the extra frame.
After assisting on a pair of goals this past Sunday, Jake Cooper decided it was his turn to be on the other end of a goal in the 12th minute. After RMU won a free kick just outside the box, Keane McIvor swung in a cross from the right, meeting Cooper’s head for the opening tally.
McIvor notched another assist in the 30th minute on a Christian Coridon goal. Coridon’s first career tally featured a clinical finish as he corralled the ball in the box before ripping a shot to the upper right 90, making it impossible for the goalkeeper to save.
The Colonials made it 3-0 in the 41st minute with some solid teamwork as Rafael Bruzual played it forward to Bayley Winkel, who then grounded it across the six to Corey McCurdy to tap it in.
The Golden Griffins had an immediate answer as Filippo Tamburini found the back of the netting five seconds after McCurdy’s tally.
Canisius pulled within one in the 70th minute as Evan Walsh beat Winter Fondi with a shot to the right post. The hosts then grabbed an equalizer in the 86th minute with a volley at the top of the box from Melvin Blair.
The winner came 28 seconds into overtime as Troy Brady tucked one inside the left post off a pass by Blair.
McCurdy, who also picked up his first RMU goal after assisting on five others in his career, led the Colonials with three shots on the afternoon. Fondi made six saves in the defeat.
Robert Morris returns home to host Marshall at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.


Marshall scored three times in the second half to erase a 1-0 Duquesne lead in defeating the Dukes, 3-1, on Rooney Field.
Lewis Knight had a pair of goals (48′ & 79′) and an assist for the Herd.
The Dukes didn’t waste anytime getting on the scoreboard, as Zach Hall scored three minutes into the match.
It was a good start for Duquesne, as they held the Herd without a shot until the 19th minute. Duquesne keeper Robbie McKelvey robbed Lewis Knight with a save on a straight-on shot in the 24th minute.
Marshall came out rolling in the second half, as they tied it three minutes into the second half on a goal by Knight. Knight took a cross inside the six-yard box and buried it in the left corner. Himes robbed Tyrese Edwards from just outside the six with a punch-out in the 73rd minute. Jaime Izquierdo Roiz gave the Herd the lead for good off a pass from Knight in the 76th minute. Knight then took a long pass from Dion Sterfiotis and came in unchallenged from the left side to make it 3-1 in the 79th minute.
Marshall’s Himes and Duquesne’s McKelvey finished with four saves each.


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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