From Duquesne University Athletic Department report
Saint Louis (9-4, 4-2) took advantage of a prevailing tailwind to score twice in the first 12 minutes and went on defeat Duquesne (2-5, 2-4), 4-0, on a rainy, chilly evening at SLU’s Hermann Stadium.
The win enabled SLU to gain a season split with the Dukes, who defeated the Billikens 1-0 in double overtime on March 20 in Pittsburgh.
The Dukes outshot the Billikens 10-4 in the second half, but could not get a shot by SLU’s Patrick Schulte who finished with a pair of saves.
Ryan Landry led the Dukes, who finished with two shots on goal, with three shots.
With the defeat, the Dukes finished third in the A-10 West Division. The West is in a strong position to be the only one of the three Atlantic 10 Divisions to place two teams in the A-10 Championship in first place Dayton and second place Saint Louis.
Pairings for the A-10 Championship will be released by the conference office at the conclusion of Saturday play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Kendall Newman registered DU’s first shot on a volley that went wide left in the fifth minute.
- SLU, playing with the wind at its back for the half, scored off its first corner in the 10th minute. Domenic Nascimben knocked away the initial kick, but Saint Louis’ Patrick Wilkinson gathered the ball and poked it to Mujeeb Murana who put it away from just outside the six.
- Two minutes later Saint Louis’ Mason Leeth made a run down the right side and had a shot deflected by DU defender, enabling the ball to get by Nascimben to make it 2-0.
- Duquesne had difficultly advancing the ball into the attacking third, registering one shot before Jack Shearer placed DU’s first shot on goal in the 25th minute.
- Leeth had another opportunity in the 34th minute when Nascimben came off the line to slow a Billikens’ run. Leeth found himself alone with the ball on the doorstep but slid the ball just right of the net.
- The Dukes were able to possess the ball in the midfield, for a good period of time before Rodrigo Albayeros got off a hard shot from the top of the box that was blocked out of bounds in the 41st minute.
- SLU had an 8-4 advantage in shots (3-1 on goal) in the first half.
- The Dukes – with the wind at their back – came out inspired to start the second half, with Ryan Landry registering an early shot.
- A Ryan Goodhew volley sailed high of the Saint Louis net in the 53rd minute, as DU held the Billikens without a shot for the first 14-plus minutes of the half.
- Jordy Lopez ripped a hard shot from distance that sailed left of the SLU net.
- SLU got off its first shot of the half in the 60th minute.
- Nascimben made a diving stop off a John Klein shot 30 seconds later.
- DU attempted its first corner in the 70th minute after a Ryan Goodhew drive was blocked out of bounds.
- SLU’s Christian Buendia made it 3-0 after getting free at the top of the six in the 72nd minute.
- Nate Dragisich took a cross and headed it just left of the net in DU’s best scoring opportunity of the half in the 79th minute.
- Zach Mowka got a strong left-footed shot off following a corner that was saved by Schulte in the 84th.
- SLU put it away on a Jack Mika goal in the 86th minute after Simon Becher kept the ball from crossing the end line and sent it across.