Cleveland State Closes Out Preseason with Loss to Duquesne

Cleveland State Closes Out Preseason with Loss to Duquesne



CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland State women's soccer team wrapped up its preseason schedule with a 2-0 loss to Duquesne in a friendly on Friday at Krenzler Field.

The Vikings, who tied Buffalo 1-1 in their other exhibition match, controlled the pace of play in the first period but failed to earn a marker. Cleveland State held a 4-1 advantage in shots in the first period and owned a 2-0 advantage in corner kicks in the opening 45 minutes of play.

Duquesne, who finished the preseason with a 2-0 record, scored both of its goals off of set pieces in the second period.

The Dukes got on the board at the 62:21 mark off the second period on an own goal. Working off a corner kick, the centered pass deflected off a CSU player and into the goal.

Duquesne upped the lead to 2-0 at the 69:20 mark of the second period off another set piece. Jaimi Araujo took the corner and Deena DeBaldo headed in the pass to give the Dukes a comfortable lead.

The Vikings best opportunity to score came off of the foot of Grace Grant. Grant hit a ball from outside the box, but keeper Janie Romer punched it over the top of the cage to keep the Vikings off the scoreboard.

Cleveland State will open the 2019 season on Aug. 23 at Kent State before hosting Akron in its home opener on Aug. 25.