PREVIEW: No. 25 Dukes in Pitt
No. 25 Duquesne (10-1-3, 4-0-2), currently alone in first place in the Atlantic 10is taking a break from conference play to visit cross-town opponent Pitt (6-3-3) on Monday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. (ACCNX).
Duquesne, who set a new school record for most games without a loss to start a season (eight at 6-0-2), moved to the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 for the first time since November 2005 on September 20th. The Dukes ranked for two weeks, peaking at No. 24, before dropping out of the poll on Oct. 4. 25 this week.
Duquesne scored his 10th win on Saturday (2-1 at home to Davidson), marking the first time since 2005 and 2006 that the program had recorded double-digit wins of the season.
DU is 5-1-2, with the only loss coming at 25th-ranked Akron (0-1) when the Dukes were 24th-ranked.
Duquesne, who has conceded seven goals this season, has recorded seven shutouts. The Dukes go into the Pitt game with a +19 goal difference.
Duquesne, who beat Michigan 1-0 in the season opener in Ann Arbor, has never beaten two Power 5 programs in the same season.
The Dukes return to conference play after the Pitt game when they host Fordham on Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. (ESPN+).
THE SERIES VS. PITT
- Pitt, who leads the series 9-0-2, has won the past four meetings, including a 7-0 home win last year.
- Duquesne, who has been ruled out eight times in the 11-game streak, has scored more than one goal against the Panthers.
- DU is 0-6-1 with Pitt the whole time, the tie (0-0 OT) comes on September 4, 1998.
- Pitt is 4-1-3 at home and Duquesne is 5-1-2 on the road this season.
- Duquesne entered the top 25 Untied Soccer Coaches on September 20 for the first time since November 2005. The Dukes moved up from No. 25 to No. 24 on September 27 and were eliminated from the poll on October 4. The Dukes returned to the 25th place pick on October 11th.
- DU’s only loss came back then—no. 25 Akron (0-1) on September 28th. The Akron game marked the first time in program history that the Dukes had played a ranked team against a ranked team (the Dukes were No. 24 at the time).
- Duquesne (10-7-2 last year) has recorded a consecutive 10-win season for the first time since 2005 and 2006.
- DU got off to the first 5-0 start in program history.
- Duquesne set a new school record for most games without a loss (eight at 6-0-2) to open the season. The previous mark was seven of two teams.
- DU is unbeaten in 14 home games (12-0-2, 5-0-1 this year). The last home defeat occurred during the pandemic-related spring season on March 27, 2021 (0-2 against St. Bonaventure).
- Duquesne opened with three consecutive away games (all wins) for the first time in program history.
- Duquesne’s three straight road wins earlier in the season were just one of the school record for consecutive road wins (equalled three times).
- DU’s five away wins (5-1-2) are the most of the program since 2004 (5-3-1). DU went 2-7-1 last season.
- Duquesne’s 1-0 season-opener win in Michigan was the program’s first win over a Power 5 team since 2003.
- DU’s seven goals in the 7-0 win over Howard represented the third-highest single-goal tally in program history. The seven scores were the highest since a school-record 10 in a 10-0 win over Fordham in 2002.
- Duquesne’s captains for 2022 are M Nate Dragisichf Maxi HopferGC Domenic Nascimben and d Torge Witteborg.
- Maxi Hopfer and Nate Dragisich were both named to the 12-man A-10 Preseason All-Conference Team.
- Hopfer was also named as one of United Soccer’s 30 Division I “Forwards to Watch” coaches.
- Duquesne was picked to finish 7th out of 14 teams in the Atlantic 10’s preseason coaching poll. The top eight finishers from the regular season qualify for the Atlantic 10 Championship.
- Duquesne is in his tenth season under head coaching Chase Brooks. Brooks has guided the Dukes to four appearances in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournaments (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2021), including an appearance in an A-10 championship game –– the program’s first since 2002 — last season.
- DU have 16 newcomers – including 10 freshmen – on the 2021 roster.
- Incoming transfers include: D Anton Harding (pitt), Tate Mohney (Elizabethtown), Jesper Moksnes (Virginia), Cameron Territo (Western Illinois) and Christoffer Vie Angell (UAB). All five played significant roles in their first seasons at Duquesne.
- Duquesne’s 26 goals came from 10 players. student in the first year Ask Ekeland leads the team with six points, including a brace against St. Bonaventure on October 12.
- Maxi Hopfer, a United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-Southeast Region and First Team All-Atlantic 10 in 2021, leads the Dukes with 18 career goals (five this season). The Styrian-born Austrian, who joined the A-10 All-Rookie Team as a freshman, led the Dukes in points (28) and goals (11) last season.
- Junior M/F fourth year Nate Dragisich, who earned 2021 Second Team All-A-10 honors and a spot on the A-10 All-Championship Team, leads all returns in career games played (57) and started (56). Dragisich has a point in seven of 14 games, including a five-game streak at UMass. His seven assists ranked second in the Atlantic 10 and ranked seventh nationally through Thursday. Dragisich’s 19 career assists rank third on DU’s all-time list.
- graduate student Domenic Nascimben has played every minute on the net for the Dukes for the past two-plus seasons (including the truncated Spring 2021 campaign). Nascimben, a native of Sydney, Australia, has had seven shutouts this season. In the 7-0 win over Howard, he saved a career-record 11 shots, including penalties in the 82nd and 87th minutes.
- In Thursday’s games, Nascimben tied for 3rd in shutouts (7), 1st in save percentage (.906), and 6th in goals versus average (.462).
- DU has received a Team Academic Award (minimum 3.0 Team GPA) from the United Soccer Coaches for academic excellence over the past 23 years 20 times. Since the award was presented in 1996, no other Atlantic 10 men’s football program has received more recognition than Duquesne.
- Duquesne has produced at least one member of the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team in eight of the last nine years, including the current members of the roster Nate Dragisich (2019), Maxi Hopfer (2020) & Jack Emmanuel (2021).
DUQUESNE’S ALL TIME ASSIST LEADERS
28 — Derek MacKenzie (2001-04)
27 – Simon Gomez (2010-13)
19– Nate Dragisich (2019-current)
(only at Duquesne)
Maxi Hopfer (18), Nate Dragisich (8th), Ask Ekeland (6), Zach Mowka (5), Ryan Goodhew (5), Logan Muck (4), Tom Tzabari (3), Christoffer Vie Angell (3), Torge Witteborg (3), Jacob Casha (2), Cam Territo (2), Jayden Da (1), Jack Emmanuel (1), Tate Mohney (1)
Nate Dragisich (19), Maxi Hopfer (9), Ryan Goodhew (7), Zach Mowka (6), Jack Emmanuel (2), Logan Muck (2), Bye Akinjogbin (2), Jesper Moksnes (2), Cameron Territo (2), Ben Bacdayan (1), Harper Cook (1), Jayden Da (1), Ask Ekeland (1), Anton Harding (1), Elmar Jonsson (1), Tate Mohney (1), Domenic Nascimben (1), Tom Tzabari (1)
Maxi Hopfer (45), Nate Dragisich (35), Ryan Goodhew (17), Zach Mowka (16), Ask Ekeland (13), Logan Muck (10), Tom Tzabari (7), Cameron Territo (6, Christoffer Vie Angell (6), Torge Witteborg (6)), Jacob Casha (4), Jack Emmanuel (4), Jayden Da (3), Tate Mohney (3), Jesper Moksnes (2), Bye Akinjogbin (2), Ben Bacdayan (1), Harper Cook (1), Anton Harding (1), Elmar Jonsson (1), Domenic Nascimben (1)
Games at Duquesne
Nate Dragisich (57), Domenic Nascimben (46), Kendall Newman (41), Maxi Hopfer (38), Logan Muck (37), Zach Mowka (36), Harper Cook (33)
Logan Muck (73/28) played in 36 games with 21 starts at Evansville
Cameron Territo (57/51) played in 44 games from 38 starts in Western Illinois
Bye Akinjogbin (46/23) played in 20 games from 14 starts at Wofford
Harper Cook (45/30) played in 12 games with two starts at American
WINNER OF ATLANTIC 10 AWARDS 2022
Aug 28 – Torge Witteborg – Defensive Player of the Week
12 Sep – Domenic Nascimben – Defensive Player of the Week
12 Sep – Ask Ekeland – Co-Rookie of the Week
19 Sep – Domenic Nascimben – Defensive Player of the Week
NATIONAL PRIZE WINNERS 2022
Aug 29 – Domenic Nascimben – College Soccer News National Team of the Week
13 Sep – Domenic Nascimben – Top Football Team of the Week
UNITED SOCCER COACH TOP 25
6 September – ARV (bound on 30th)
13 September – ARV (bound on 30th)
20 September – No. 25 (Draw)*
September 27 – No. 24
4 October – ARV (28th)
11 October – No. 25
* – First national ranking since Nov 8, 2005