PITTSBURGH, PA. - After nearly 105 minutes of scoreless play, the fourth-seeded Duquesne Dukes defeated fifth-seeded George Washington Colonials, 1-0, to advance to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship. Linnea Faccenda's final shot deflected off of a GW defender and into the right corner of the net, sending the Dukes to the one-goal double-overtime victory.
With the win, the Dukes will face top-seeded La Salle on Friday at 2:00 pm at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium in the first semifinal. The championship will conclude on Sunday with the title match at noon.
In a physical game of the season, the Colonials came out strong, holding the Dukes to only one shot on net
The game continued to be a back-and-forth battle after the intermission. GW tallied two early shots to start the second, but the Dukes began to apply the offensive pressure at the midpoint of the half when they recorded three consecutive shots. Redshirt senior keeper Miranda Horn stood her ground between the posts, first tipping the ball just over the cage and then grabbing the next two shots without any hesitation.
With shots even at five with 15 minutes remaining in regulation, the Dukes began to pick up the pace and tallied three shots within a 10-minute span. The Colonials’ defense stayed solid to keep the ball out of the box while Horn stopped each shot with ease. At the end of regulation, the Dukes held a 9-5 advantage in shots while the Colonials held a 6-5 edge in corner kicks.
Dukes keeper Kyra Murphy faced seven shots, stopping four, while Horn tallied eight saves.