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Maya Matesa’s wonder brace powers Duquesne past UMass, 2-1, to advance to Atlantic 10 semifinal round

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Not once, but twice, Duquesne Maya Metesa long distance attempts on goal found the back of the net, powering the Dukes to a 2-1 win at UMass in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Soccer tournament on Friday afternoon at Rudd Field in Amherst, MA.

With the win, the Dukes (8-7-4) advance to the Atlantic 10 semifinal round, to be played on Wednesday.

All three goals came in the first half and the Dukes defense held strong in the final 45 for their first A-10 playoff win since 2017.

Matesa got the scoring started in the 13th minute with a launch from the near sideline arching over the outstretched UMass keeper and inside the far post.

Duquesne fended off five shots and a corner kick in the first 20 minutes by the Minutewomen, but Lauren Robles made a quick touch and fired in the game tying goal in the 29th minute.

Less than 30 seconds later, Matesa, who leads the A10 in shot accuracy, was back at it for Duquesne.

This time, the sophomore forward found a slight opening and put a laser inside the top left corner from nearly 30 yards out for her seventh goal of the season and the 2-1 lead.

The Minutewomen came out of the halftime break firing. Arguably their best chance to tie the game came in the opening 10 seconds of the half, but it was negated due to offsides.

UMass had a number of dangerous opportunities, including free kicks in the attacking zone and 10 second-half shots, but Duquesne’s back line stood tall.

Despite the 18-7 shot advantage for UMass, the shots on goal were 8-6.

Maddy Neundorfer charted seven saves between the posts for the Dukes. Matesa’s two shots led six shot takers for DU. Jaimi Araujo, Anna Camapanella, Mackenzie Muir, and Kayla Leseck all put attempts on frame.

The Minutewomen did not lose a game at home in the regular season and last lost at Rudd Field on October 23, 2022.

Duquesne advances to the semifinals for the third time in program history. The four remaining teams will be reseeded as the two semifinal matches will be played at the home venues of the two highest remaining seeds.



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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