Two Duquesne goals within two minutes of each other led the Buffalo women's soccer team to a 2-0 loss in the opening game of the Niagara University Fall Classic. The Bulls outshot the Dukes but were tripped up by a brief defensive lapse.
The first Duquesne goal came in the 34th minute after a long run resulted in a shot past freshman goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon. Just a minute and 51 seconds later a scrum in front of the Buffalo net resulted in the second goal of the match.
Senior Lindsey Bailey took three shots, while senior Julie Dale, junior Aubrey Stahl, sophomore Natasha Arana and freshman Lauren Coviello chipped in with shots on goal to help the Bulls attack. Buffalo did not lack an aggressive nature on the offensive side of the ball, but seemed to just miss on many runs, drawing 10 offside penalties in the game.
The Bulls offense peppered the Robert Morris goalkeeper with seven shots but only came away with a single score in a 3-1 loss to the Colonials. Freshman Megan Abman was the only Bull to find the back of the net.
The team took 11 shots total for the game, with all seven of the shots on goal coming from different players. Two RMU goals in the first ten minutes put Buffalo on its heels, and the offense managed to respond with a goal from Abman in the 32nd minute, her second of the season.
Senior Lindsey Bailey crossed the ball in from the right side and the Denver native finished it off with a flick to the far post to bring the Bulls within one, 2-1. Bailey and freshman Lauren Coviello were named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts in the two games.
The losses drop Buffalo to 1-5 for the season, with its next match coming up Friday at the Big Four Tournament, hosted by St. Bonaventure. The Bulls will face local rivals Niagara and Canisius on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The tournament will mark the final two games of the team's non-conference slate