PREVIEW: Women’s Soccer vs. Saint Louis

PREVIEW: Women’s Soccer vs. Saint Louis

PITTSBURGH – The Duquesne women’s soccer team (2-4-1, 0-1 A-10) will continue Atlantic 10 play against preseason-favorite Saint Louis (3-5-1, 1-0 A-10) on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Rooney Field. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the match will broadcast live on ESPN+.
 
SERIES BREAKDOWN

  • All-Time Series: Saint Louis leads, 6-3
  • First Meeting: Sept. 16, 2005 at Saint Louis – SLU won, 5-0 | Recap | Box Score
  • Last Meeting: April 4, 2021 at Duquesne – SLU won, 5-0 I Recap | Box Score
  • Streak: Saint Louis, +5

QUICK HITS

  • The Dukes and Billikens became familiar foes in the spring season. The two squads faced each other three times, with Saint Louis winning each time – including a pair of one-goal games.
  • The Billikens scored in the 59th-minute of their 1-0 win over the Dukes on April 1. That match kicked off during a snow storm and eventually ended with the temperature at 28 degrees.
  • Saint Louis scored in the 12th-minute of the first matchup of the season on March 21 to earn a 1-0 win. Goalkeeper Megan Virgin was outstanding in net with five saves on 14 shot attempts by the Billikens to keep Duquesne within striking distance throughout the match.
  • The Dukes enter the match after a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to Massachusetts in their A-10 opener on Sunday.
  • Emma Bundy scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season against UMass. She leads the team and is tied for third in the A-10 with three goals.
  • Bundy has scored a goal in each of the team’s four home games this season at Rooney Field.
  • Bundy also leads the A-10 with 1.29 points per game. Her nine points ranks fourth among league counterparts.
  • Hannah Nguyen is tied for the league-lead in total assists with three and also shares the A-10 lead with 0.43 assists per game. Her last assist came in the team’s 2-1 win over Youngstown State on Sept. 5.
  • Duquesne has already scored more goals through seven games this season (9) as they did during the entire nine-game spring season. DU currently slots fourth in the A-10 with 1.29 goals scored per game.
  • DU leads the A-10 and ranks 26th nationally with a shot accuracy of 56 percent.
  • The Dukes were picked to finish 10th in the annual Atlantic 10 women’s soccer preseason poll announced last month.
  • Since 2015, the Dukes have boasted a 40-16-9 record at Rooney Field, while outscoring the opposition by a mark of 112-56 in those matches. 

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 68-78-21 on the Bluff and 33-42-9 in Atlantic 10 play.
  • 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 BILLIKINS (ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS)

  • Saint Louis enters the match unbeaten in its last three outings, including wins over Indiana State and Dayton in the past two.
  • The Billikens have not allowed a goal during the unbeaten streak. Goalkeeper Emily Puricelli was selected as the A-10 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
  • Puricelli turned away all four Dayton shots on goal to help the Billikens defeat the Flyers 1-0 last week. It was her 11th career shutout.
  • Puricelli lowered her goals against average to 0.79 and improved her save percentage to .825. She leads the A-10 with three shutouts.
  • Abbie Miller converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute to defeat Dayton. She is tied for the team lead with six points (two goals, two assists).
  • Saint Louis went 2-5-1 in the non-conference portion of its schedule. Four of its non-conference games were against “Power 5” schools (Iowa, Kansas, Louisville, Purdue).
  • Saint Louis has allowed two or fewer goals in 64 consecutive games.
  • SLU received 13 of 14 first-place votes and were selected as the favorite in the A-10 Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
  • The Billikens were ranked No. 21 in the United Soccer Coaches 2021 NCAA Division I preseason national poll.
  • The Billikens are the three-time defending A-10 Champion.
  • This past spring, SLU went 15-1-1 overall. The Billikens achieved a program-high No. 17 national ranking, earned the No. 15 seed and a first-round bye in the NCAA Championship.

SAINT LOUIS HEAD COACH KATIE SHIELDS (Harvard, ’06)

  • Katie Shields is in her ninth season as head coach of the Billikens.
  • She owns a 104-50-14 overall record that included a 82-21-9 mark over the previous five seasons.
  • After serving as a Billiken assistant coach in 2012, Shields was named the third head coach in program history on Jan. 15, 2013.
  • Shields began her coaching career with a one-year stint as an assistant at UC Irvine under head coach April Heinrichs.
  • A goalkeeper, Shields enjoyed a distinguished playing career (2002-05) at Harvard

 

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