Duquesne overcomes Davidson, emotions in victory

It took three minutes for a yellow card to be issued by referee Peter Dhima and from that point on the 25th ranked Duquesne men’s soccer team had to deal with both play and emotion in what became a 2-1 win over Davidson on Saturday night. at Rooney Field.

“The energy is going to flow and ultimately every conference game is tough,” Duquesne coach Chase Brooks said. “The guys rode the wave of emotion as well as they could. We did what we had to do. You know some calls will go against you that you shouldn’t, and some challenges will come against you that maybe shouldn’t, but that’s part of college football. The way they responded was nice to see.

Duquesne has now won 10 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2005 and 2006, while extending his home unbeaten streak to 14 games.

This game featured plenty of stoppages, from injury time-outs to seven yellow cards, but in the end Duquesne held on thanks to two goals from captain Maxi Hopfer.

“Having emotions is part of the game and it’s good to have them on a soccer field because that’s how it is,” he says. “I like it. We’ve been patient… and no one has been hurt.

The first came in the 22nd minute, when Hopfer found an angle at the 10-yard line and fired a shot past Davidson goalkeeper Giacomo Piccardo.

Hopfer then scored his second with assists from Elmar Jonsson and Cameron Territo. Duquesne went wide and the Austrian put his foot on the ball, turning into a wide open right side of the goal.

The scores give Hopfer five goals, a team-high one and 13 points, matching Ask Ekeland’s output.

His work this week totals three goals and two assists in a pair of wins, confirming Brooks’ belief earlier this season that Hopfer’s tenacity would lead to more goals.

“It’s the result of hard work, you work hard week in and week out and I’m glad it finally clicked,” Hopfer said. “I’m a striker, that’s my job, but I play for a team that plays really well and gives everything.”

Davidson managed to score his goal from a penalty, although Duques didn’t believe the contact in the box warranted the opportunity.

Once the call was given, Duquesne keeper Domenic Nascimben vocally attempted to influence a change on who would take the kick and although he guessed correctly which side he was unable to keep the equalizer out of the back of the net.

Duquesne’s game had taken a downward turn before that goal.

In the first half he had two genuine chances to add a second half-time goal and maybe rest his legs a bit more with the next game to come on Monday night but was denied by the post and a lack of cohesion on a ball well placed in the box.

Defensively, Duquesne was experiencing inconsistencies with junior midfielder Harper Cook and junior defender Torge Witteborg repeatedly expressing the need to play tighter.

Brooks appreciated that side effort and encouraged it because it’s about the leadership of two players who have always been in battles and understand how to get successful results.

Duquesne was able to find his form with what ended up being the game winner as the crowd erupted and members of the men’s basketball team alternated his support between ole chants and gritty dancing.

Reflecting on the win, Hopfer and Nascimben said it showed growth on the part of the team, as in the past it could very well have been a loss, both of the game itself and of its cold blood.

Both thought the effort was an accurate demonstration of the growth of this team and one that is needed with four games remaining in the regular season, two of which are Atlantic 10 games.

“We had to stick to our principles and fight hard. We don’t lose here and try to keep this as long as possible,” Nascimben said. “I think it goes as a reinforcement that we can do these things.”

Duquesne will soon have to move on when he takes on Pitt on Monday night.

Last year Duquesne opened his season with a 7-0 loss to Pitt and that was used as motivation for a run that would result in an Atlantic 10 Championship Finals appearance. Now Duquesne is heading towards their local rival as the only ranked team between the pair.

“We have to ride the emotion, we know there will be adrenaline because you will always be ready to face an ACC team, we have to come and do our job,” Brooks said. “It’s great for the city and the soccer in our community. I hope we provide a fun evening for everyone involved.

As for whether Duquesne will be fatigued before the game, he will train before sunrise on Sunday and then plans to do it all on Monday night, using the adrenaline as an advantage.

On the contrary, Brooks agreed with the assessment that from a date structure perspective, these two games so close together resemble an Atlantic Championship 10 schedule, which will only help his team. to move forward.

“We have to make sure we come in, judge it on its own merits and play it like any other game,” Nascimben added.

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GAME INFO

Duquesne starters (10-1-3/4-0-2 A-10) – Domenic Nascimben (GK), Christoffer Vie Angell, Jesper Moksnes, Torge Witteborg, Maxi Hopfer, Jacob Casha, Elmar Jonsson, Harper Cook, Nate Dragisich, Ask Ekeland, Cameron Territo

Davidson (4-8-3/1-4-1 A-10) – Giacomo Piccardo (GK), Eamon Moylan, Thomas Vincent, Denis Kiroutchenkov, Jack Brown, Justin Stone, Luke Bryant, Maddux Reece, Trey Gardiner, Nicholas Cavallo , Alonzo Clarke

Goals- Maxi Hopfer DUQ 4th 22′, Denis Kiroutchenkov DAV 7th 52′, Maxi Hopfer DUQ 5th 60′

Yellow cards – Ask Ekeland DUQ 3′, Alonzo Clarke DAV 12′, Thomas Vincent DAV 17′, Eamon Moylan DAVI 58, DUQ Team 85′, Anthony Harding DUQ 85′, Maddux Reece DAV 86′

Plans – Duquesne 13 (6 on frame) Davidson 12 (6 on frame)






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