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Duquesne women’s soccer releases 2021 schedule

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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.


  • 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.


SundayAug. 81pmAwayKent State (EXHIBITION)Kent, OH
FridayAug. 134pmHomeCleveland State (EXHIBITION) Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field
SundayAug. 222pmHomeSaint Francis (PA)Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field
FridayAug. 277pmHomeValparaisoPittsburgh, PA Rooney Field
SundayAug. 295pmAwayWest VirginiaMorgantown, WV
SundaySept. 51pmHomeYoungstown StatePittsburgh, PA Rooney Field
ThursdaySept. 97pmAwayNiagaraNiagara Falls, NY
SundaySept. 12NoonAwayBuffaloBuffalo, NY
SundaySept. 191pmHomeMassachusettsPittsburgh, PA Rooney Field
ThursdaySept. 237pmHomeSaint LouisPittsburgh, PA Rooney Field
SundaySept. 261pmAwaySaint Joseph'sPhiladelphia, PA
ThursdaySept. 307pmHomeRichmondPittsburgh, PA Rooney Field
SundayOct. 32pmAwayDavidsonDavidson, NC
SundayOct. 101pmAwayGeorge MasonFairfax, VA
ThursdayOct. 147pmHomeLa SallePittsburgh, PA Rooney Field
SundayOct. 171pmAwayRhode IslandKingston, RI
ThursdayOct. 217pmHomeGeorge WashingtonPittsburgh, PA Rooney Field
SundayOct. 241pmAwaySt. BonaventureOlean, NY

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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