As part of recognizing Duquesne’s fall sports athletic accomplishments, the men’s soccer team was recognized at the under-12 media timeout in the first half of the men’s basketball game against Bowling Green.
Duquesne achieved success in many ways finished 10-7-2 and going on a run which took it to the Atlantic 10 Championship finals, where it found itself up a goal before falling to a Saint Louis team which is currently a quarterfinalist in the NCAA Tournament.
“We work hard and sacrifice so much,” Duquesne men’s soccer coach Chase Brooks said. “I think every program here does and they are used to trying to overcome adversity, so it is really nice when you have the chance to come together, the entire athletic department to get recognized for a good achievement. I just looking forward to hopefully doing it with a trophy in our hands next year.”
This season, Duquesne advanced to the championship finals for the first time since 2002 and won multiple games in the tournament for the first time in program history.
Duquesne earned the sixth seed in the A-10 Championships, making it for the first time since 2016 and were 7-0-1 at Rooney Field, consistently defending home pitch throughout the season.
There were plenty of smiles from the team as it was recognized by 2,111 people as athletic director David Harper was just off the court exchanging small talk, smiles and congratulations.
As Duquesne goalkeeper Domenic Nascimben reflected on the moment, it made him process the season that was and the season that will be in the fall, his final one as a Duke.
“It definitely makes me very happy to be a returner after the season that we’ve had,” he said. “I think seeing what we can achieve, now that we have seen it as a program and the boys have seen it together, it just reassures us even more that the plan we’re setting in motion is there and achievable. I’m hungrier than ever to hopefully be able to achieve something next time around.”
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