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Duquesne falls to No. 22 St. Louis, 1-0

Duquesne falls to No. 22 St. Louis, 1-0

ACC Women’s Soccer

FINAL: Saint Louis 1, Duquesne 0 

From Duquesne University Athletic Department report 

Duquesne limited one of the most potent offenses in the nation to one goal, but it was all No. 22 Saint Louis (8-1, 3-0) needed in extending its Atlantic 10 regular season win streak to 23 games with a 1-0 win over the Dukes (1-2-1, 1-1-1) at Hermann Stadium.

The win gave Saint Louis a 41-2-5 record in its last 48 home games.

Deena DeBaldo led the Dukes with a pair of shots, while Lexy Kendro and Sarah Wilkinson registered DU’s shots on goal.

Megan Virgin was outstanding in net with five saves for Duquesne.

SLU, which entered the match ranked tied for eighth nationally in shots per game, outshot DU 14-5, including 6-2 on goal.

Saint Louis had seven corners to three for Duquesne.

Duquesne returns to action at Dayton on Saturday, Mar. 27 at 1:00 p.m. (ESPN+).

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • SLU hit the near post on a corner in the 10th minute, but the Dukes were able to clear.
  • One minute later, the Billikens scored off another corner on a header by Emily Groark (12′).
  • Lexy Kendro got off DU’s first shot in the 14th minute.
  • Deena DeBaldo made a nice move in the box to set up DU’s first corner kick in the 19th minute. DeBaldo’s volley off the corner sailed wide right.
  • DU keeper Megan Virgin made and outstanding kick save on a hard-charging Hannah Friedrich in the 27th minute.
  • Virgin made a diving save 30 seconds later to stop an Abbie Miller shot off the ensuing corner.
  • Saint Louis had eight shots to three for Duquesne in first half.
  • Duquesne maintained possession for a good portion of the early second half, but was unable to generate a scoring opportunity.
  • In DU’s top scoring chance of the match, Sarah Wilkinson launched a one-touch shot from straight-away eight yards outside the box in the 76th minute that was tipped over the crossbar by SLU goalkeeper Emily Puricelli.
  • SLU crossed the ball deep in the Dukes box, but was unable to convert a header late in the 78th minute as Virgin registered her fifth – and final – save.

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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