Sykes Scores Lone Rhody Goal in 3-1 Loss to Duquesne

Sykes Scores Lone Rhody Goal in 3-1 Loss to Duquesne

Rhody Starters
Spenser, Cloutier, Camillo, Haught, Mora, Soons, Randell, Hess, Sykes, Discavage, Micheletti

Duquesne Starters
Phillips, de Villardi, Gomez, Noriega, Essig, DiSomma, Sell, Lange, Alescio, Hellstroem, Frymier

Scoring Summary
11:28 - DUQ - Chris Alescio (Simon Gomez)
64:15 - DUQ - Isaiah Noriega (Bobby Sutcliffe)
76:35 - URI - Matt Sykes (Andy Hess)
83:17 - DUQ - Austin Lange (Simon Gomez)

How It Happened

Duquesne went up 1-0 in the 12th minute when Simon Gomez's corner kick was redirected by Chris Alescio and knocked in off the post for the early advantage. Rhode Island controlled play through much of the first - forcing Sam Frymier to make all four of his saves in the first 45 minutes - but the Rams were unable to find the back of the net.

The Dukes pushed it to 2-0 at the 64:15 mark as Isaiah Noriega beat URI's Thomas Spenser on a ball that Bobby Sutcliffe had chipped over the Rhody defense.

The Rams cut the lead in half just over 10 minutes later when Matt Sykes netted his seventh goal of the season off of a feed into the box by Andy Hess, but another Gomez corner led to a goal by Austin Lange and sealed the 3-1 victory for Duquesne.

Inside the Box Score

  • With the loss, Rhode Island drops to 2-12-0 on the season and 0-6-0 in the Atlantic 10. Duquesne, meanwhile, improves to 8-7-0 and evens its conference record at 3-3-0.
  • Duquesne outshot Rhode Island, 21-17, and held an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal.
  • The Rams had the edge in corner kicks, 8-5.
  • The two teams combined for 19 fouls and two yellow cards - one to each side. 
  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Thomas Spenser turned away eight shots on the afternoon while his counterpart, Sam Frymier finished with four saves.
  • Rhody's Matt Sykes led all players with six shots. Duquesne's Gomez had a team-high four, to go alone with his two assists.

Additional Notes

  • Two of Duquesne's goals resulted from headers off of corner kicks. One knocked in off the far post while the other shot in off the underside of the crossbar. 
  • Rhode Island is now 12-7 all time against Duquesne. 
  • Sykes' goal was his seventh of the season and 14th of his career. He leads all active players with 37 career points on 14 goals and nine assists.
  • Hess' assist was the first of his career. He now has three points on the season (1g/1a) after also scoring a goal in Friday's game at George Mason.

Up Next
Rhody closes out the 2013 season at home next weekend, hosting Saint Louis on Friday night and Dayton on Sunday afternoon.