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Duquense men's recruiting class includes Century duo Korpics, Kelly along with Pitt transfer Anselmo

Duquense men's recruiting class includes Century duo Korpics, Kelly along with Pitt transfer Anselmo

The Duquesne men’s soccer program hit a bit of a bump in the road last season, but are now looking ahead to a promising 2018 as head coach Chase Brooks recently revealed his recruiting class.
The class of seven players includes two WPIAL standouts, Sean Korpics and Luke Kelly, along with Alec Anselmo, a transfer who played in 30 matches with 16 starts in two seasons at Pitt.

“During our 2018 recruiting process we placed an emphasis on character and players that want to push for team objectives. I am quite happy with the group of guys that we have signed so far as each understands who we are and where we are going as a program,” Brooks said.
“Certainly, they are good soccer players but more importantly; they are all good people that will help us push our program forward.”

In six years at the helm, Brooks has steered the program in a positive direction until a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw the Dukes compile a 3-13-1 overall record, and 1-7 mark in the Atlantic 10 conference.
From a local perspective, the additions of Kelly and Korpics, both from Century United, will add more local flavor to a roster will only see one returning player from the area, Ryan Landry (Shaler/Arsenal) who will be a junior next season.


Sean Korpics


Korpics comes from a well-established high school program at Upper St. Clair, where he excelled as a defender that Brooks feels has a lot of upside.

“Sean is a player that we have watched for the last few years. He is a hardworking, versatile player that is humble and excited to come in and work hard for our team goals,” Brooks said. “We are happy to keep him close to home and are looking forward to helping him develop over his four years.”

Luke Kelly


Kelly, who starred for Peters Township squad that made it to the WPIAL final and PIAA quarterfinals in 2017, is an attacking player has shown great improvements as a player in the past year.

“Luke is a player that really came into his own over the last twelve months. He has a good blend of size, technique and decision making that will lend itself well to our level of play. He is a local guy that we are looking forward to helping reach the next level of his game,” Brooks said.


After taking a redshirt this past season with Pitt, Anselmo, a midfielder, transferred to Duquense in the spring, and is on the Dukes spring roster and brings quality experience  that could be instrumental in helping provide for a turn-around season on the Bluff.

“Alec is a hardworking, high character young man. He has had a great soccer education and we are excited about the experience he brings to our squad. Having him here this spring is already paying dividends on and off the field,” Brooks said.

Here’s the full in coming class for Duquesne below.

2018 DUQUESNE MEN’S SOCCER RECRUITING CLASS

 
Name
Pos. / Cl. Ht. / Wt. Hometown High School (Transfer) Club Team
Alec Anselmo M / Jr. 5-10 / 150 Charlotte, N.C. Independence (Pitt) Carolina Rapids USSDA
Nathan Dossantos M-D / Fr. 6-0 / 170 Oakville, Ontario Garth Webb Secondary Sigma FC
Luke Kelly M-F / Fr. 6-2 / 175 McMurray, Pa. Peters Township Century United
Sean Korpics D / Fr. 5-9 / 160 Pittsburgh, Pa. Upper St. Clair Century United
Kendall Newman D / Fr. 5-8 / 155 Cromwell, Pa. Cromwell Oakwood SC USSDA
Kurtis Orrson M / Fr. 5-9 / 145 Mountain Top, Pa. Crestwood PA Classics USSDA
Gavin Watt M-D / Fr. 6-3 / 170 York, Pa. Red Lion PA Classics USSDA

A couple other side notes for Duquense — they have not released their full spring schedule, but they will be scheduled to play at Pitt on March 29 (at 9 a.m.!)
In addition, earlier this week, we also learned that freshman forward Tyrese Edwards, who has lived in Canada, was called up to his native Trinidad and Tobago’s U20 National team this week. Edwards scored two goals for the Dukes in 2017.


 

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets including Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, and more. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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