Sell-ing point: Dukes win against Robert Morris
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 00:09
The Duquesne men’s soccer team overcame a first half full of defense to beat Robert Morris 1-0 Wednesday night at Rooney Field.
After the scoreless first half, sophomore forward Karter Sell got a quick bounce off of Robert Morris’s center and scored on a breakaway for the first goal.
Sell said he was enthused by the goal.
“[It felt] pretty good,” Sell said. “It’s good to get a game-winning goal. I’ve got a few goals and it’s good to get one more.”
The Dukes (3-3-0) had a chance for a goal around the 41 minute mark when freshman Alex Healion headed the ball towards the goal. It just missed and went to the right. Healion had another chance later in the second half that was stopped by Robert Morris goalie, Toba Bolaji.
Healion was pleased with the chances, but hopes to follow through and score a goal later on in the season.
“I was excited. I was getting into good spots, but I was just a little uncomposed,” Healion said. “I missed a couple chances, but next time I’ll get them hopefully.”
Coach Jake Ouimet was pleased with Healion’s performance.
“[Healion] is doing great, he’s getting better and better,” Ouimet said. “Every week he’s getting more and more confidence. With new freshmen, sometimes it takes a couple days, sometimes it takes a couple weeks, a couple months, a year to really figure the game out. The college game is a lot faster and all these players are coming from being the best players in their club team and high schools, and he’s really starting to figure it out. He’s got some good pace and is making good runs on the field and is putting himself in positions to score.”
Robert Morris had a clear chance to tie the game with seven minutes remaining on a free kick that went over the goal and hit the Keller Fieldhouse.
Sell said the opportunity had him hoping for the best.
“I just wanted to get the ball out of bounds,” Sell said. “Everyone was trying to get back up on that field. It was a little nerve-racking.”
Freshman goalie Sam Frymier earned a shutout and the second win of his freshman career (2-2-0) and is taking over for an injured Sasa Miskovic.
Ouimet is happy with the way Frymier has been playing.
“We’re really pleased [with Sam],” Ouimet said. “We have four goalkeepers thankfully, we have a couple injured right now – Sasa and our freshman Max is injured – so now we have Sam and Evan, and they’re both doing a good job in practice and are keeping it confident. Every ball that came to him he was very strong and confident. We’re very pleased.”
The Dukes were without forward Simon Gomez after a possible stress fracture in his foot. Ouimet said that Gomez will have an MRI Friday and they will progress from there. He added that if it turns out to be a stress fracture, Gomez may be out for a few weeks instead of a few days.
Ouimet was happy with the team’s game overall.
“We actually were playing pretty well [in the first half], we just told them to put a little more pressure on the ball and work a little harder … and get behind the ball defensively,” Ouimet said. “We put some good pressure on them … We just worked a little bit harder, we have a lot of guys injured right now and a lot of players who have stepped up that haven’t played as much so far this season.”
The Red and Blue will take on the University of Pittsburgh this at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. at home and have another home game Tuesday against Cleveland State before traveling to California to take on Berkeley.