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16 September 2023; Kenyon College plays Mount Aloysius College in a non-conference soccer match at Mavec Field in Gambier, OH 15054000

Duratovic’s goal gives Owls a 1-0 win over Centre 

GAMBIER, Ohio — Capping off the non-conference portion of its schedule on Tuesday, the Kenyon College men’s soccer team improved to 6-3-0 with a 1-0 home victory over the Centre College Colonels.

Kenyon, which now owns three straight 1-0 wins over Centre dating back to the 2019 season, has eight North Coast Athletic Conference matches left on its schedule, beginning with a match at DePauw University on Saturday.

Against Centre (4-6-0), the Owls had chances in the first half, but just couldn’t break through. In the game’s sixth minute, Kenyon was awarded a penalty kick, but Alem Duratovic’s chance was saved by Centre goalkeeper Brendan Egan, who was diving to his right.

About 10 minutes after that, Duratovic had another great opportunity, heading the ball toward the goal from just a few yards away. Egan, however, was in the right spot again and made the save.

In the second half, Duratovic kept knocking on the door, until he broke it down. In the game’s 54th minute, the Owls gained control of a misplayed Centre header near midfield. Duratovic, Robert Little and Eamon Dujakovich all charged ahead. From the middle of the field, Little fed the ball to Dujakovich, who worked for an open shot down the right side. Egan stopped, but did not control Dujakovich’s shot. Duratovic, moving in from the left, scooped up the rebound and tapped home his team-leading sixth goal of the season.

Throughout the game, Kenyon out-shot Centre 10-7 and also managed to post a healthy 12-3 advantage in corners.

Egan kept the Colonels in the game with six saves, while Kenyon goalkeeper Jack Pedreschi needed to make just one save to ring up his third shutout of the year.  

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