PITTSBURGH – Duquesne got four goals in the first half – including a brace from Ask Ekeland (6 ‘& 13’) – in upping its record to 5-0 for the first time in program history with a 7-0 win over Howard (0-4) on Saturday night on Rooney Field.
The Dukes, who are among those receiving votes in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25, extended their home unbeaten streak to ten games (9-0-1, 2-0-0 this season) in scoring the most goals by a DU team since a 10-0 win over Fordham in 2002.
Torge Witteborg (21 ‘), Ryan Goodhew (43 ‘), Maxi Hopfer (57 ‘), Cameron Territo (68 ‘) and Jacob Cash (89 ‘) all joined Ekeland in the scoring column as the seven goals tied the third-highest output in school history.
Domenic Nascimben was once again outstanding in net, thwarting a pair of late second-half Howard penalty kicks (82 ‘& 87’) on his way to posting his fourth shutout in five games. The Australian keeper finished with 11 saves, two more than his previous career-high.
Duquesne returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 13 when it travels to Dayton, Ohio to face Wright State at 5:00 pm
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Duquesne got on the board early when Ask Ekeland made his way to a long throw in from Nate Dragisch at the front of the net and emerged from a scum with his second goal of the season in the 6th minute.
- Ekeland scored again in the 13th minute on a free kick to the upper left 90 from 25 yards out.
- Torge Witteborg headed in a corner kick from Anthony Harding in the 21st minute to make it 3-0.
- Ryan Goodhew took a short pass from Ade Akinjogbin and found the back of the net from 30-plus yards out in the 43rd minute.
- The Dukes led 4-0 at the break.
- Maxi Hopfer scored his first goal of the season, and 14th of his career, in the 57th minute off a pass from Zach Mowka,
- Cam Territo made it 6-0 on an unassisted goal in the 68th minute.
- DU keeper Domenic Nascimben then took the spotlight in moving to his right to punch away a penalty kick off the foot of Nathan Leggett in the 82nd minute.
- Nascimben did it one better in the 87th minute when he turned away a PK from Mason Christian and regrouped to save a point blank rebound attempt from Howard’s Sammy Oladeji.
- Jacob Cash put a cap on the scoring when he potted a pass from Ben Bacdayan in the 89th minute.
DUQUESNE HEAD COACH CHASE BROOKS
“It was a great start to the game with the guys once again working hard for each other. We were able to capitalize on a couple of good moments. I think for us, its about making sure we keep our foot on the gas and keep. moving forward, because there are no guarantees in this sport. Can we keep putting in performances like that week-in and week-out? That is the challenge. “
DUQUESNE MOST GAMES WITHOUT A LOSS TO OPEN A SEASON
|7||6-0-1 in 2019 *|
|7||5-0-2 in 2002|
|6||3-0-3 in 2008|
|5||5-0-0 in 2022 *|
|5||3-0-2 in 2014 *|
* – under current head coach Chase Brooks