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Duquesne’s Maxi Hopfer and Megan Virgin earn Atlantic 10 honors

From Duquesne University Athletic Department and Atlantic 10 reports

Freshman forward Maxi Hopfer (Styria, Austria) has been named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for his performance in DU’s two matches last week, while goalkeeper Megan Virgin (Canonsburg, Pa. / Canon-McMillan) garnered Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week honors for her performance for the Dukes against St. Bonaventure and No. 22 Saint Louis, conference officials announced on Monday.

Hopfer, the first Duquesne men’s soccer player to be recognized by the conference this season, received a pass from Nate Dragisich just across midfield, sidestepped a defender, and drilled a shot to the left side of the net in the 107th minute to give Duquesne a 1-0 win over St. Louis. The victory was DU’s first over the Billikens in the 13-game series.

The Sytria, Austria native finished the week with 11 shots, including five on goal in DU’s matches with Dayton and SLU. He logged 195 minutes in the two games.
Virgin made eight saves on the week and allowed just one goal in Duquesne’s two matches.

She helped the Dukes secure a shutout 1-0 victory over the Bonnies, stopping three shots in the victory. It was her third career shutout win and first of the 2021 spring season.

On Sunday against nationally-ranked Saint Louis, she posted a solid showing with five saves in net for Duquesne. The Billikens entered the match tied for eighth nationally in shots per game.

Virgin and the Dukes women’s team return to action this Saturday, March 27, in a rematch with Dayton. The matchup with the Flyers is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

Duquesne men (2-2-0, 2-1-0) return to action when it faces St. Bonaventure in the final regular season home match of the abbreviated spring campaign on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. on Rooney Field.


John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. 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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