PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Simon Gomez scored a pair of goals and Chris Torres made three saves as Duquesne defeated Army, 3-1, in men's soccer action Sunday at the Duquesne Invitational.
Gomez netted his first goal of the contest in the ninth minute when he beat Army sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Currens off assists from Carter Poe and Ben Horner. Joshua Patterson made it 2-0 in favor of the Dukes (3-1-0) when he successfully converted a penalty kick in the 29th minute.
Duquesne carried its 2-0 lead into halftime, but Army (0-4-0) pulled to within one goal early in the second half when junior defender Jeffrey Pickett tallied his first marker of the season in the 48th minute. Junior defender Carson McReynolds started the play out of the Black Knights' end when he found freshman midfielder T.J. Rowe with a lead pass. Rowe then sent a cross in front of the net and Pickett finished the play by heading the ball past Torres. The goal brought Army to within striking distance at 2-1.
Gomez struck again for the hosts just 11 minutes later, though, when he controlled a through ball by Stefan Lundberg and fired a shot past Currens and into the left-hand corner of the net to give the Dukes a 3-1 advantage.
Currens, who started both games for Army over the weekend, finished with five saves. Torres, meanwhile, stopped three shots en route to picking up the victory for Duquesne.
Duquesne outshot Army 17-10, while the Black Knights enjoyed a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
Pickett led the Army offensive attack with three shots and the one goal, his second career marker. Senior team captain Michael Leach provided a spark off the bench for the Black Knights, firing a pair of shots in the match.
Army will open its home schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 15, when the Black Knights host Bryant at West Point's Clinton Field. Kickoff for the non-league match is slated for 7 p.m., and will be the nightcap of a soccer doubleheader as the Army women's team is scheduled to entertain Brown at 4:30 p.m.