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Duquesne notebook: Brooks remains optimistic

Pittsburgh, PA — On paper a 1-0 Duquesne men’s soccer loss to Wright State Tuesday night, a defeat which now has given the team a three match losing streak would be cause for concern, especially when the Dukes have been outscored 6-1 in the skid, but in this instance that is not the case.

“I would be discouraged if the six goals were getting bigger as we go along, but we’re giving up less goals so it’s all positive steps,” Duquesne coach Chase Brooks said. “I don’t think there’s a reason to be discouraged as of right now.”

Duquesne (1-4-1) did keep up with a Wright State team which bested them a season ago, again by a one goal margin, but a small flinch in the second half, which came shortly after a foul, was all the Raiders needed to come out on top.

“For us, we are a team that wants to have connections on the field and make sure we are able to play and still create dangerous opportunities,” said Brooks. “That was first and foremost and the other side was being more solid on the back, giving less clear chances. Outside of their goal, I don’t remember our goalkeeper making a ton of saves. We have to keep plugging away and get over the hump.”

A lot of the statistics thus far in the season support what Brooks is stating.

Despite a 1-4-1 record, Duquesne’s eight goals scored this season is two less than what the opposition has aggregated this season. Granted, Duquesne did win a 5-0 match earlier this season, but that shows this team has the ability to make scoring contagious once opportunities are made.

It is not as if Duquesne is having trouble finding shots as it has outscored opposing teams 63-60 and 31-26 on goal this season. In the first half of the Wright State match, Duquesne was out shot 8-2 but cut that margin down to 8-5 in the second half.

Another detail which supports these stats is a 37-20 advantage in corner kick opportunities, which shows Duquesne is having some sort of consistent success trying to move the ball from attacking to final third.

For this Duquesne team, the record is not of primary concern right now, but rather finding form at the proper time. If Tuesday night was any indication, Duquesne may well be on its way.

“This was probably our most solid performance of the year and our goal has always been the build for conference play,” Brooks said. “I’ve seen teams go 0-8 out of conference, run the gauntlet in conference play and go on to win the conference championship. It’s all about conference play for us this year, we’ve got to keep building, just stay positive and keep moving forward.”

News Across The Bluff

Duquesne women’s tennis senior Kylie Isaacs became the program’s all-time wins leader at 148 total victories following a three set victory over Mercyhurst’s Kayla Frost (6-2, 0-6, 10-8). The previous record was established in 2010 by Rachel McGowan… The Duquesne football team earned its first win of the season, a 45-40 victory against Valparaiso. Duquesne (1-1) totaled 542 yards in a balanced offensive attack including a 250-84 rushing advantage. Junior wide receiver Nehari Crawford earned career-highs with nine receptions and 138 yards, while sophomore running back A.J. Hines ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Senior linebacker Carter Henderson matched his career-high with 11 tackles…Duquesne women’s soccer freshman forward Lauren Bell shared Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors with Saint Louis’ Annabelle Copeland. Bell compiled two goals and an assist in a victory against Xavier and double overtime tie against Seton Hall. Duquesne is 3-2-1 on the season… The Duquesne volleyball team had what likely was its most challenging tournament in years falling in succession to #23 Wichita State, Cal Poly and #14 Oregon. Sophomore setter Dani Suiter represented Duquesne (4-7) on the all-tournament team tallying 82 assists in nine total sets…

Duquesne calendar of events

9/15

Volleyball at Ball State 7 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s cross country at National Catholic 3:30 p.m.

Women’s soccer at Akron 7 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s tennis at Greater Cincinnati Invite

9/16

Volleyball at Butler 12 p.m.

Football at Dayton 1 p.m.

Volleyball at Evansville 4 p.m. (Match to be played in Indianapolis, IN)

Men’s soccer vs Navy 7 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s tennis at Greater Cincinnati Invite

9/17

Women’s soccer at Youngstown State 3 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s tennis at Greater Cincinnati Invite

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