From Duquesne University Athletic Department report
A pair of matchups against 2020 College Cup qualifiers highlight the 2021 Duquesne women’s soccer schedule released on Monday.
The Dukes, under 10th-year head coach Al Alvine, will open the season with home matches against Saint Francis U (Aug. 22) and Valparaiso (Aug. 27), before traveling on Sunday, Aug. 29 to take on West Virginia. The Mountaineers, who are coming off a 10-2-1 season, qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 21st consecutive year – the fifth-longest streak in the country, last spring.
Duquesne will host Saint Louis on Thursday, Sept. 23 under the lights at Rooney Field. The Billikins won the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament titles for a third consecutive year in 2020-21. They made a third-straight NCAA Championship appearance and were ranked No. 20 in the final United Soccer Coaches national poll.
The Dukes will also play non-conference matches against Youngstown State (Sept. 5), at Niagara (Sept. 9) and at Buffalo (Sept. 12).
Duquesne opens A-10 play on Sunday, Sept. 19 when it hosts Massachusetts. Other home A-10 matches include Richmond (Sept. 30), La Salle (Oct. 14), and George Washington (Oct. 21).
The Dukes will hit the road to take on A-10 foes Saint Joseph’s (Sept. 26), Davidson (Oct. 3), George Mason (Oct. 10), and Rhode Island (Oct. 17), before closing the regular-season at St. Bonaventure (Oct. 24).
The A-10 Women’s Soccer Championship returns to its customary eight-team format this season. Quarterfinal games will take place at campus sites Oct. 30 or 31, while the semifinals and final will be played Nov. 5 and 7, respectively, at a campus site to be determined.
Duquesne will play a pair of exhibition matches prior to the season. The Dukes will travel to Kent State on Aug. 8 and host Cleveland State on Aug. 13 at 4 p.m.
2021 SCHEDULE QUICK NOTES
- Duquesne and West Virginia are meeting for the first time since 2019. The Mountaineers won that match 2-0 in Morgantown.
- DU has tied WVU twice in the 11-game series, the last of which came in 2012 – Head Coach Al Alvine‘s first season on the sidelines with the Dukes.
- Duquesne will face members of five different conferences in non-league play. Saint Francis (NEC), Valparaiso and Youngstown State (Horizon), West Virginia (Big 12), Niagara (Metro-Atlantic), and Buffalo (Mid-American).
- The Dukes will play a balanced schedule with eight home matches and eight contests on the road.
2021 DUQUESNE WOMEN’S SCHEDULE
|Sunday||Aug. 8||1pm||Away||Kent State (EXHIBITION)||Kent, OH|
|Friday||Aug. 13||4pm||Home||Cleveland State (EXHIBITION)||Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field|
|Sunday||Aug. 22||2pm||Home||Saint Francis (PA)||Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field|
|Friday||Aug. 27||7pm||Home||Valparaiso||Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field|
|Sunday||Aug. 29||5pm||Away||West Virginia||Morgantown, WV|
|Sunday||Sept. 5||1pm||Home||Youngstown State||Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field|
|Thursday||Sept. 9||7pm||Away||Niagara||Niagara Falls, NY|
|Sunday||Sept. 12||Noon||Away||Buffalo||Buffalo, NY|
|Sunday||Sept. 19||1pm||Home||Massachusetts||Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field|
|Thursday||Sept. 23||7pm||Home||Saint Louis||Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field|
|Sunday||Sept. 26||1pm||Away||Saint Joseph's||Philadelphia, PA|
|Thursday||Sept. 30||7pm||Home||Richmond||Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field|
|Sunday||Oct. 3||2pm||Away||Davidson||Davidson, NC|
|Sunday||Oct. 10||1pm||Away||George Mason||Fairfax, VA|
|Thursday||Oct. 14||7pm||Home||La Salle||Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field|
|Sunday||Oct. 17||1pm||Away||Rhode Island||Kingston, RI|
|Thursday||Oct. 21||7pm||Home||George Washington||Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field|
|Sunday||Oct. 24||1pm||Away||St. Bonaventure||Olean, NY|