It took the Duquesne men’s soccer team a few minutes to settle into its road game against Marshall, but the opening ticks of Friday night’s contest ended up determining the outcome.
Marshall’s Jonas Westmeyer beat Duquesne keeper Robbie McKelvey in the third minute and that goal stood up for a 1-0 win for the Thundering Herd.
“We talked all preseason about taking steps forward and making sure by the time conference play rolls around we are clicking on all cylinders,” Duquesne men’s soccer coach Chase Brooks said. “Tonight, even though the result didn’t go our way, it was definitely a positive step forward. Marshall is a very good team that will make some noise in Conference USA. A lot of young guys got some minutes tonight and we battled. We have to learn it’s a 90-minute game and you have to earn your results at this level and that’s part of the maturation process. We’ll get back to work tomorrow morning and start preparing for next Friday [home opener vs. Northern Kentucky].”
Duquesne started six freshmen in the contest in defender/midfielder Nathan Dossantos, midfielder/forward Gylfi Stefansson, forward Manel Busquets, forward Eric Zech, defender Moritz Kappelsberger and defender/midfielder Rob Dymond.
Marshall outshot Duquesne 14-3 and the Dukes managed one shot on goal, which came on an Olav Hovstad header in the 17th minute.
Duquesne will now play five consecutive home games beginning Friday night against Northern Kentucky.