PHILADELPHIA - It wasn't the result the Hawks worked for on Saturday night, but junior defender Daniel Morales had a moment of a lifetime when he scored his first collegiate goal and sprinted to the Sweeney Field stands. There, he jumped up into the bleachers and hugged his father, who had flown in from California to surprise his son.
"That was probably the greatest feeling in the world," said Morales. "Just being able to score a goal like that in front of my dad and for my team is one of the greatest things I could ask for."
Saint Joseph's (3-4-0, 0-1-0 A-10) ultimately dropped the Atlantic 10 opener, 2-1, to Duquesne (6-0-1, 1-0-0 A-10).
How It Happened
• Duquesne's Manel Busquets scored his first of two goals on the night in the 17th minute, assisted by Hector Puente.
• In the 25th minute, Morales collected a ball in open space off the head of a Duquesne defender and blasted home his first collegiate goal to equalize.
• Busquets scored again just 1:23 out of the halftime break, assisted by Zach Hall.
• The Hawks earned a brilliant look in the 80th minute as Morales found junior midfielder Alvin Dahn on the left wing, and Dahn sent a beauty of a pass in to sophomore forward Frantz Pierrot; Pierrot fired off what looked to be a late equalizer, but Duquesne goalkeeper Robbie McKelvey made a finger-tip save to deflect SJU's effort.
Behind the Stats
• Saint Joseph's outshot Duquesne 22-8, which included an 11-2 first half, but McKelvey came up with a 10-save match.
• Duquesne only landed two shots on goal for the match, but both of Busquets' shots found the back of the net.
"We had a lot of good possession play and we created a lot of dangerous opportunities," said head coach Don D'Ambra following Saturday's match. "Leon [Maric] had two great chances in front of goal, Frantzy [Pierrot] had that tap in there, Garrett [Lyons] had that back opportunity... we're talking five yards away. They're goals, but we just didn't finish any of them. Duquesne got a couple of chances. We kept their keeper busy, but we just couldn't make the plays. Kudos to them for playing a good, hard, defensive game. If we're going to do anything in the A-10, we have to finish those chances. It was just lack of execution, but I do think we were the better team. I'm not discouraged, but if we want to win games in the A-10, we have to clean it up a little bit."
The Hawks remain on Sweeney Field for their third of five consecutive home matches to host Lafayette in non-conference action this Tuesday, September 24. Start time is set for 7:00 p.m.