PREVIEW: Women’s Soccer at Davidson

PREVIEW: Women’s Soccer at Davidson

PITTSBURGH – The Duquesne women’s soccer team (4-5-1, 2-2-0 A-10) will try to string back-to-back wins together for the first time this season when it travels to Davidson (4-7-1, 0-4-0 A-10) on Sunday, Oct. 3. The contest will kick off at 2 p.m. and broadcast live on ESPN+.
 
SERIES BREAKDOWN

  • All-Time Series: Tied, 3-3-2
  • First Meeting: Sept. 26, 1999 at Duquesne – Tied-OT, 0-0
  • Last Meeting: Sept. 26, 2019 at Davidson – DAV won, 2-0 I Recap | Box Score
  • Streak: Davidson, +1

QUICK HITS

  • Although the Dukes are 4-1-1 when playing at Rooney Field this season, they are winless in four games on the road this season.
  • Duquesne is averaging 2.33 goals per game at home and just 0.25 per game on the road.
  • DU Head Coach Al Alvine earned his 199th career win in the team’s 3-1 triumph over Richmond Thursday night (Box Score).
  • Duquesne scored three times in the first half to earn the win over the Spiders.
  • Cami Taylor netted her first goal of the season and first as a Duke and third of her career. Taylor transferred from Central Michigan, where she was a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) All-Freshman Team in 2019.
  • Hannah Nguyen scored the eventual game-winning goal when she beat out a Spider player on a 50-50 ball and finished on a breakaway to make the score 2-0. She later assisted on the team’s third goal of the game.
  • Nguyen leads the team and is tied for second in the A-10 with four assists this season.
  • Emma Bundy scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season and added an assist on the game-winning goal in the team’s victory over Saint Louis on Sept. 23.
  • She is tied for second in the A-10 with both five goals and 12 points.
  • Bundy has scored a goal in each of the five home games she has appeared in this season. She has not played in either of team’s past two games.
  • Duquesne is one of two A-10 teams without a clean sheet this season (George Washington).
  • The Dukes were picked to finish 10th in the annual Atlantic 10 women’s soccer preseason poll announced last month.

DUQUESNE HEAD COACH AL ALVINE (Robert Morris ’92)

  • Al Alvine is in his 10th season as the head coach of the Dukes in 2021.
  • The Dukes’ all-time winningest coach boasts a record of 70-79-21 on the Bluff and 35-43-9 in Atlantic 10 play. His career mark stands at 199-142-41.
  • Alvine inherited a three-win team prior to the 2012 season and quadrupled that total in four years.
  • He set a program record with 12 victories in 2015 – which included the program’s first-ever A-10 Championship and NCAA Tournament bid.
  • His teams have totaled 11 or more wins three times during his tenure.
  • Alvine has coached four First-Team and three Second-Team All-Atlantic 10 picks, including 2017 A-10 Midfielder of the Year Linnea Faccenda.
  • He was named the fifth head coach in Duquesne women’s soccer history on December 29, 2011.
  • Alvine came to the Bluff after spending five seasons as head coach at California University of Pennsylvania, where he went 73-28-11 – including a 38-2-6 mark over his final two seasons with the Vulcans. 

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS (ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS)

  • Davidson is currently in the midst of a four-match losing streak and sits at 4-7-1 overall and 0-4-0 in A-10 play.
  • The Wildcats have been held without a goal in all four losses during the current skid, including a 1-0 setback at Fordham this past Thursday night.
  • The Rams scored in the 16th-minute of the match and denied all Davidson scoring chances.
  • Wildcat goalkeeper Mary Grace Bunch has started all but one game for Davidson in net.
  • She ranks fourth in the A-10 with a 0.89 GAA and has posted two clean sheets this season.
  • Bunch was named the A-10 Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season when she posted clean sheets in matches versus USC Upstate and UNC Ashville.
  • Bunch, forward Hailey Braemer and midfielder Sophia Caruso were all named to the A-10 Preseason All-Conference Team in August.
  • The Wildcats were picked to finish seventh in the A-10 Preseason Poll that was released ahead of the 2021 season.

DAVIDSON HEAD COACH ADAM DENTON (Wingate, ’01)

  • Adam Denton is in his fifth season as head coach and ninth overall with the team.
  • He currently stands with a record of 23-47-11 as head coach at Davidson.
  • Denton led the Wildcats to a berth in the spring 2021 A-10 Championship match and was later tabbed the A-10 Coach of the Year.
  • Denton was an assistant and associate head coach while Davidson was part of the Southern Conference and then helped the Wildcats transition into the A-10 in 2014. 

     

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