PREVIEW: Women’s Soccer at St. Bonaventure

PREVIEW: Women’s Soccer at St. Bonaventure

PITTSBURGH – The Duquesne women’s soccer team (4-9-2, 2-6-1 A-10) wraps up the season on Sunday, Oct. 24 when it travels to Olean, New York to take on St. Bonaventure (6-7-4, 4-4-1 A-10).
 
The match will start around 1 p.m. and will broadcast on ESPN+.
 
SERIES BREAKDOWN

  • All-Time Series: Duquesne leads, 14-9-1
  • First Meeting: Oct. 29, 1995 at Duquesne – DUQ won, 2-1 (OT)
  • Last Meeting: April 11, 2021 at St. Bonaventure – DUQ won, 4-0 I Recap | Box Score
  • Streak: Duquesne, +4

QUICK HITS

  • Duquesne’s four-match winning-streak against the Bonnies is the longest against an A-10 opponent. DU has won seven-straight against Xavier and six in-a-row versus Saint Francis U.
  • Three of those four matches were won this past spring, including a 4-0 victory over the Bonnies in the spring 2021 season-finale.
  • A five-match winning-streak against St. Bonaventure would match the longest streak in the series for Duquesne. DU won five-straight meetings against the Bonnies from 2002-07.
  • The Dukes were officially eliminated from postseason contention with their 3-1 loss to George Washington on Thursday night. The top-eight teams advance to the A-10 Championship.
  • Heavy storms and lightening in the area caused the match to enter into an hour and a half weather delay with 15:56 remaining in the first half.
  • Jaimi Araujo scored her fourth goal of the season in the setback. She was making her first appearance since he team’s 3-1 win over Richmond on Sept. 30.
  • Araujo ranks second on the team in goals and leads the squad and slots fifth in the A-10 with 2.91 shots per game.
  • Leading scorer Emma Bundy also returned to the pitch versus George Washington. She is tied for sixth in the A-10 with five goals and slots second in the A-10 with 1.33 points per game (12 total).
  • Bundy did not score for the first time in a home game this season in the loss. She had not appeared in any of the previous six games.
  • Hannah Nguyen is tied for second on the team with three goals and ranks second with 10 points.
  • She also leads the team and is tied for sixth in the A-10 with four assists this season.
  • Nguyen is one of just four players to start all 15 games for the Dukes this season and ranks second on the team with 1,359 minutes played.
  • Ashley Rodriguez is fifth on the team with two goals (both on PKs) and is another player who has started all 15 games. Rodriguez leads the team 1,393 minutes played this season.
  • The Dukes rank fourth in the A-10 with 6.00 shots on-goal per game and second in the league with a shot accuracy of 51.4 percent.
  • Since Duquesne defeated St. Louis 3-1 on Sept. 23, the Billikens have allowed one goal in seven matches. The lone goal allowed came in a 1-0 loss to league-leading VCU.
  • The Dukes were picked to finish 10th in the annual Atlantic 10 women’s soccer preseason poll announced in August.

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 70-83-22 on the Bluff and 35-47-10 in Atlantic 10 play. His career mark stands at 199-146-42.
  • 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 BONNIES (ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS)

  • St. Bonaventure enters the match 6-7-4 overall and 4-4-1 in Atlantic 10 play.
  • The Bonnies have only lost one of the past four outings and are coming off of a scoreless draw at Massachusetts Thursday night.
  • Christina Torres leads the A-10 and ranks 16th in Division I with 11 goals scored this season.
  • Torres had a four-match scoring streak snapped in the draw with UMass.
  • Six of her 11 goals have come in the past seven contests.
  • Goalkeeper Chiara Gottinger has played every minute for SBU this season.
  • She leads the A-10 and ranks 25th nationally with both a .855 save percentage and 6.24 saves per game.
  • Gottinger has posted six clean sheets to slot second in the conference.
  • She ranks fifth in Division I with 106 total saves.

ST. BONAVENTURE HEAD COACH STEVE BRDARSKI (PFEIFFER, ’01)

  • Steve Brdarski is in his eighth season at the helm of the Bonnies.
  • He has an overall record of 42-98-17 since taking over in 2013.
  • Brdarski arrived in Olean after spending time as an assistant at Longwood.
  • Prior to that he was the head men’s coach from 2001-03 at his alma mater, Pfeiffer.

 

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