VCU Falls at Duquesne in Regular Season Finale, 3-0
FINAL: Duquesne 3, VCU 0 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
RECORDS: VCU (10-6-2, 5-2-1 A-10), Duquesne (9-7-1-, 4-3-1 A-10)
VCU STARTERS: #21 Wells (GK), #3 Castillo, #4 Harvey, #7 Monge Solano, #10 Bowie, #12 Belmar, #14 Herrera Meraz, #16 Duffie, #18 Shiffman, #19 Keita, #24 Fisher
DUQUESNE STARTERS: #27 Frymier (GK), #3 Phillips, #3 De Villardi, #10 Pantophlet, #11 Gomez, #15 essig, #17 Cesarini, #19 Discomma, #21 Lange, #22 Alescio, #24 Hellstroem
- VCU fell to Duquesne 3-0 in its regular season finale Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh, Pa.
- The Dukes handed the Rams just their second loss in more than a month, as VCU is now 7-2-1 in its last 10 matches dating to Oct. 6.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Sophomore Devon Fisher had a look for VCU in the eighth minute but Duquesne goalkeeper Sam Frymier collected his first save of the match. Senior Nate Shiffman then fired back the rebound but missed just wide.
- Junior Ritchie Duffie fired a shot wide just over two minutes later, while sophomore Dennis Castillo's offering missed in the 15th minute.
- Duquesne eventually pulled ahead in the 28th minute when Matt Essig and Simon Gomez connect with Kadeem Pantophlet, who snuck a header into the left side of the net for a 1-0 lead.
- VCU tried to net the equalizer off junior Juan Monge Solano's corner kick before intermission but Frymier made another stop on a header shot by senior Romena Bowie in the 42nd minute.
- The Rams had a flurry of looks early in the second half, firing four shots in the first 10 minutes but couldn't find the net.
- Frymier came up with his third stop on a shot off the foot of junior Jose Manel in the 71st minute.
- VCU goalkeeper Andrew Wells, who finished with five saves, made a pair of stops within a 30-second span just over five minutes later to keep it a one-goal game.
- Duquesne added a pair of insurance goals in the final two-plus minutes of regulation. Chris Alescio found the net in the 88th minute to give the Dukes a two-goal advantage before Karter Sell scored in an open net with about 45 seconds left to make it 3-0.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
- Duquesne held a 21-11 advantage in shots, including an 8-4 edge in shots on goal.
- Manel fired a team-high three shots, while Fisher and Castillo added two apiece.
"Today was quite frankly just not a very good performance by us. We had several guys not play well, our passers didn't pass well, our runners didn't run as well as they have been and we made some big defensive errors. If all of that happens, things aren't going to go very well for us most days. Down 1-0, we took lots of risks to chase the game late and gave away two terrible goals in the last three minutes. As with every game this season, we'll need to learn from today and get turned around for the A-10 Tournament on Thursday where it looks like we will see Duquesne again."
-VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard
WHAT'S AHEAD: VCU opens Atlantic 10 Championship play with quarterfinal action beginning Thursday, Nov. 14 in Dayton, Ohio. The third-seeded Rams will get a rematch against No. 6 Duquesne at 2 p.m.