Rams Rally Past Duquesne for 2-1 Win on Senior Night

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

RHODE ISLAND
Starters: Leifhelm (GK), Williams, Benco, Richter, Cain, Davids, Jesman Sunde, Dickson, Brangman, Bailey, Daley 

Substitutes: Gesmundo, Colantuono, Gaudreau

DUQUESNE
Starters: McKelvey (GK), West, Hall, Larson, Hovstad, Twum, Borenstein, Stout, Landry, Seidu, Poppas

Substitutes: Harmon, Beaton, Stern, Edwards


Scoring Summary
34:09 - DUQ - Poppas (Larson)
50:54 - URI - Brangman (Richter)
75:54 - URI - Bailey (Jesman Sunde)

How It Happened
Rhode Island (9-5-3, 4-3-1 A-10) scored a pair of second-half goals to come from behind and beat Duquesne 2-1 Wednesday night at the URI Soccer Complex. The victory clinched the Rams' spot in this weekend's Atlantic 10 Championship.

Trailing 1-0 after a first-half goal by Duquesne's George Poppas, Chae Brangman equalized in the 51st minute to give Rhode Island the boost it needed early in the second half. Brangman fired a high hard shot just under the crossbar off a service from Dominik Richter.

Senior Ryan Bailey later netted the game-winner, beating Duquesne's keeper inside the right post from a tight angle in the 76th minute. Emil Jesman Sunde picked up an assist on the play.

Duquesne (3-13-1, 1-7 A-10) managed just one shot on goal the rest of the way, though Rhody had to defend a corner kick in the final minute to secure the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • With the win, the Rams secured the No. 6 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship. Rhody entered the night as one of four teams fighting for three remaining spots in the conference tournament. By defeating Duquesne, Rhode Island did not have to wait for the other results to learn its seed.
  • Sophomore Chae Brangman's goal was his team-leading eighth of the season.
  • Junior Dominik Richter picked up his fourth assist of the season on the goal by Brangman. He now has 32 career points (12g/8a).
  • Senior Ryan Bailey's goal was the 10th of his career as well as his sixth game-winner.
  • Sophomore Emil Jesman Sunde's assist was his sixth of the season, tying him with Peder Kristiansen for the most on the team.
  • Senior Nils Leifhelm made six saves in the win, improving his career record to 39-27-9.
  • Rhody's five seniors - Ryan Bailey, Joey Cain, Carlo Davids, Tyler Dickson and Nils Leifhelm - were honored during a pregame ceremony.
  • The win over the Dukes marked the 40th victory for URI's senior class. 

Up Next
The sixth-seeded Rams will travel to play No. 3 George Washington in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship. The match will be played Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.