Bulls Fall to Duquesne 5-0
Bulls outshoot Dukes 15-12; Marrello records a team-high three shots
PITTSBURGH, PA – The University at Buffalo men’s soccer team concluded its two-game road trip by falling to Duquesne, 5-0 at Rooney Field.
The Dukes jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as Josh Patterson scored in the third minute off a loose rebound. Tyler Tompkins added back-to-back goals in the 25th and 33rd minute to give the Dukes a 3-0 lead. The Dukes closed out the first half with a 4-0 lead as Stefan Lundberg tacked on a tally off a penalty kick in the 42nd minute.
In the first half, the Dukes held a 9-7 shot advantage. Senior Dan Bulley accounted for two of the Bulls’ shots, both headers.
“We dug ourselves in a hole by playing too relaxed and confident in the first half,” said head coach John Astudillo in reaction to the team’s four-goal deficit at the half.
The Bulls opened the second half, rifling off five unanswered shots. In the 70th minute, the Dukes registered their first shot of the half to result in a goal by Dave Cassanelli and a Dukes 5-0 lead.
“As a team, we attacked offensively in the second half,” stated Astudillo.
The Bulls owned a 15–12 shot advantage, outshooting the Dukes 8-3 in the second half. Alex Marrello led the Bulls with three shots.
“There is no question we have a lot of work to do in order to get back on a winning track. We need to do better by training better and performing better,” added Astudillo.
The Bulls (4-4, 0-1 MAC) will continue play on the road as they face Big Four rival St. Bonaventure at McGraw-Jennings Field on Wednesday, September 30 at 4:00 pm.
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