Article Written by Michelle Kokot
Published: August 31, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Niagara women's soccer team could not hold onto a one-goal lead as the Purple Eagles dropped a 2-1 decision to the host Duquesne Dukes on Friday evening at Rooney Field.
"You always have to give credit to your opponent, but I felt that tonight we were our own biggest adversary," head coach Peter Veltri said. "It's disappointing because we expected so much more from ourselves."
The Purple Eagles (0-2-0) went up 1-0 in the 31st minute, thanks to defender Danielle Kennedy
. The junior netted her first goal of the season past Duquesne (1-3-0) keeper Devon Tabata. Rookie Maria Siegrist-Gabas
assisted on the play.
Niagara was unable to keep the lead as the Dukes scored eight minutes later, notching the equalizer when senior midfielder Morgan Herbert shot the ball past Niagara goalkeeper Claire Feiertag
. The first half came to a close with the Dukes outshooting the Purple Eagles 8-2.
Senior forward Paige Maroney tallied the game-winning goal in the 55th minute, assisted by junior midfielder Bridget Lynch.
Feiertag finished the game with six stops.
Niagara continues its four-game road trip this Sunday, Sept. 2 when the Buffalo Bulls welcome the Purple Eagles to UB Stadium at 7 p.m.