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.
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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.”
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
|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.
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