The Duquesne women’s soccer team knew it had a challenging task facing Arkansas in its season opener and fell by a 1-0 tally Friday night in Penn State Invitational action.
Duquesne did not have any shots in this contest and now falls to 0-4-1 lifetime against SEC programs.
The lone goal was scored from inside the box by Kayla McKinnon in the 37th minute.
McKeon’s score was the lone shot on goal by either team in the contest, although Arkansas did fire 12 shots on the evening, while also holding a 7-2 corner kick advantage.
“I’m very pleased with compete level and our willingness to battle on every level,” Duquesne women’s soccer coach Al Alvine said. “We’ve got a lot of new faces that are really starting to find their feet and contribute, so it’s been fun to watch them grow and connect with our returners.”
Duquesne did start four freshman in the match in Alex Saturni, Hannah Nguyen, Kayla Winicki and Sarah Wilkinson. Of the four, Nguyen is the lone Pennsylvania representative hailing from Irwin, PA and coming from Penn Trafford High School.
The contest which was scheduled to start at 5 p.m. was delayed 55 minutes due to lightning.
Duquesne next will face fourth-ranked Penn State Sunday at 2:30 p.m. It will be streamed for free on Penn State’s athletics website, GoPSUsports.com, with live stats available as well.