The DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY women’s team won their first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship last week!
The seventh-seeded Duquesne Dukes won their first ever Atlantic 10 Championship Sunday, 2-0, against fifth-seeded Fordham at Davidson’s Alumni Soccer Stadium. The Dukes earned the Atlantic 10’s automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.
The Dukes scored in the 77th minute off a corner kick set up by Haley Yow. Maddie Layman put a touch on it, before Abby Losco drilled it into the goal past a diving Megan Fitzgerald.
Linnea Faccenda added an insurance goal in the 85th minute.
Vanessa Perdomo, who was named the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player, made eight saves in a clean sheet today, and 29 saves overall, a new Atlantic 10 Championship record.
Now the Lady Dukes won’t have to travel far for its first NCAA Tournament game.
The Atlantic 10 champion Dukes (12-9-1) will visit No. 2 West Virginia (16-2-1) at 6 p.m. Friday. WVU, a No. 2 seed, defeated Duquesne, 5-0, earlier this season.
No. 9 PENN STATE (16-3-2), the Big Ten champion, received a No. 1 seed and will host Albany (11-8-1) at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
DUQUESNE’s men’s team lost their opening round Atlantic 10 match to Dayton, 3-1, on Thursday to end their season. The Dukes (6-10-1, 4-3-1) won three of their final four regular season A-10 games, before falling in the playoffs to Dayton.
POINT PARK men’s team were eliminated in the KIAC semifinals on Thursday by WVU Tech, 2-0. Point Park (10-7-1, 4-2 KIAC) battled through a season with numerous injuries — and still finished third in the KIAC. I was there for an impressive 5-0 win over Cincinnati Christian at Highmark Stadium last Saturday after the WPIAL finals last game. The Pioneers won the KIAC in 2012 and 2013.
POINT PARK women’s team has made it to the KIAC finals. Seniors Alyson Joyce and Beth Millican scored back-to-back goals 24 minutes into the first half to set the pace for Point Park, paving the way to a 3-1 victory over Rio Grande (Ohio) Thursday night in a KIAC Women’s Soccer Tournament Semifinal game at Highmark Stadium., The Pioneers host WVU Tech for the KIAC Women’s Soccer Championship game Saturday, Nov. 14 at Highmark Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The winner will advance to the NAIA National Championships beginning with the NAIA Opening Round Nov. 21 at campus sites. WVU Tech won the earlier meeting at Point Park, 1-0, on Nov. 3.
Other area soccer teams to receive NCAA Tournament bids:
• The Edinboro women (14-7) will meet Charleston (11-4-5) at noon Friday at Gannon in Division II. The winner advances to face No. 5 Gannon (18-2) at 2 p.m. Sunday.
• The No. 5 Carnegie Mellon women (15-1-1), co-champs of the UAA, will host Cabrini (11-5-3) at 5 p.m. Saturday in D-III.
• The AMCC champion Penn State Behrend women (13-7) travel to No. 10 Centre (Ky.) (16-1-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday in D-III.
• The Carnegie Mellon men (11-3-3) face Gordon (Mass.) (15-4) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Franklin & Marshall in D-III.
• The PAC champion Westminster men (11-5-4) visit No. 8 Kenyon (Ohio) (17-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Slippery Rock men were left out of the NCAA D-II Tournament despite winning the PSAC title.
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