#DuqWSoccer Releases 2014 Schedule
July 3, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne head women's soccer coach Al Alvine has released the team's 2014 schedule. The 17-game slate features the first-ever Steel City Classic with cross-town rivals Pittsburgh and Robert Morris, four teams that played in the NCAA Championship last season, a road trip to California and eight matches against Atlantic 10 Conference opponents.
The season will open up at the University of Pittsburgh, who are hosting the Steel City Classic. The Dukes will face Robert Morris on Aug. 22nd and the host Panthers on Aug. 24th. Duquesne's 12 wins - including a 3-1 victory last season - over RMU are the most against any team in program history. The Dukes are looking to get their first victory over the Panthers since 1997, spanning eight matches.
The home opener is Aug. 29th against Buffalo. Last season, the Dukes and Bulls played to a 0-0 draw. Following the UB match, Duquesne will host Niagara on Sept. 5th. The Dukes defeated the Purple Eagles 1-0 last season.
Duquesne hits the road for six straight matches beginning Sept. 14th at West Virginia. The Mountaineers are the defending Big 12 champions and made it to the 2nd Round of the NCAA Championship. WVU finished with a RPI of 19. In their last meeting in 2012, the Dukes tied the nationally-ranked Mountaineers 1-1. Sept. 19th, the Dukes face Northeast Conference champion Saint Francis. The Red Flash made to the NCAA Championship before falling to national semifinalist Virginia in the 1st Round. Duquesne travels to our nation's capital to face Georgetown on Sept. 21st. The Hoyas are coming off a 16-3-2 season, making it to the 2nd Round of the NCAA Championship.
The road trip concludes with a pair of first-time opponents from the Big West Conference. Sept. 26th, the Dukes will visit UC Riverside and Sept. 28th, they will face UC Santa Barbara. This is the first time since 2001 that Duquesne has faced an opponent from the Big West Conference (Cal State Northridge).
The 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference schedule begins at Rooney Field on Oct. 3rd against Richmond. Last season the Dukes shutout the Spiders 2-0. A-10 newcomer Davidson comes to Rooney Field on Oct. 5th. The Dukes and Wildcats have faced each other twice, a 0-0 tie in 1999 and a 2-1 Davidson win in 2000.
On Oct. 11th, Duquesne visits St. Bonaventure. The Dukes have defeated the Bonnies 11 times - more than any A-10 team - including last season's 3-1 victory. Next up is Duquesne's first-ever match against George Mason on Oct. 17th in Fairfax, Va. The Patriots, who are in their second season in the A-10, did not play last the Dukes year. Oct. 19th, Duquesne heads to Philadelphia for a match against Saint Joseph's. The Dukes and Hawks did not meet last season and played to a 0-0 draw in 2012.
Rhode Island comes to town on Oct. 24th for a rare Friday afternoon matinee. The Rams were 2-0 winners last season. The Dukes will have to make the trek to the Northeast to face Massachusetts on Oct. 26th. The teams did not face each other last season, but UMass was a 5-2 winner in 2012 at Rooney Field.
The regular season concludes on Oct. 30th against defending Atlantic 10 Champion La Salle. The Explorers, who fell to common opponent Georgetown in the 1st Round of the NCAA Championship, are coming off a 15-3-3 season.