ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Duquesne scored early and then withstood a St. Bonaventure rally, pulling away late for a 4-1 victory in Atlantic 10 women's soccer action on Thursday night at the Marra Athletics Complex.
Duquesne, which entered the night ranked 10th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Mid-Atlantic poll, continued its strong play with a pair of quick goals. Leading scorer Katie O'Connor seized a header from midfield from Linnea Faccenda and shot around a diving keeper for a 1-0 score in the 16th minute.
Another tally from the Dukes (7-3-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) in the 24th minute gave the visitors control heading into intermission.
St. Bonaventure (3-8-1, 0-3 A-10) quickly turned the tide in the second half, however. After controlling the pace of play in the opening minutes, the Bonnies struck in the 51st stanza. Jennifer Morris started the play with a free kick and delivered a high-arching ball from in front of midfield straight in front of the net. Freshman Maddie Mason took the kick and delivered a header past the keeper for her first collegiate goal, cutting the deficit in half.
After Mason's score it seemed as though the Bonnies were primed to quickly tie up the game as the hosts remained on the attack.
Duquesne, though, snuffed out the rally three minutes later as Abby Losco received a pass in the center of the 18-yard box from O'Connor and was able to score for a 3-1 lead. From there, though the Bonnies mounted attacks led primarily by Danielle Vis and Bella May as the half continued, the Dukes never relinquished control.
The visitors added a fourth goal on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute.
Bona remains at home to host Fordham on Sunday afternoon with a start time of 1 p.m. scheduled.
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