For the second consecutive week, a Duquesne men’s soccer team member received weekly recognition from the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Sophomore defender Eric Zech was recognized as the A-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Week after scoring his first career goal in the 57th minute of Saturday’s victory against VMI.
“Carter (Breen) got the ball on the outside and I said to myself ‘I need to go out now’,” Zech said. “Then Zach (Hall) had a great ball through the gap and I was in front of the goalie and scored.”
Saturday marked Zech’s second consecutive start to the season after coming off the bench in Duquesne’s season opener due to a hamstring injury. Already Zech has increased his minutes total from 54 to 74 and appears a fixture in the starting lineup should he continue to be in good health.
“I had some problems with the hamstring in the beginning so I couldn’t start the first game,” said Zech. “I started the second game and I’m doing everything everyday which helps me a lot. I hope I can get 90 minutes on Tuesday, get fit for the season and the important games.”
Zech’s honor matches one that senior goalkeeper Robbie McKelvey received the week prior as Defensive Player of the Week.
Duquesne is off to its best start since the 2014 season and will face 1-2-0 Niagara Tuesday night.