For the Duquesne men’s soccer team, it’s all about gaining respect.
The Dukes, at BR-120, are off to a solid start with a 6-3-2 record. They have made a slow climb in the rankings, moving up three spots recently on the heels of a convincing 5-0 victory over Atlantic-10 rival St. Bonaventure.
Five different players found the net for the Dukes, as Kadeem Pantophlet, Chris Alescio, Alex Healion, Saul Kaye and Austin Lange recorded goals. Sam Frymier was perfect defending Duquesne’s net, saving two shots.
Our guys brought the right energy and put together a performance that would definitely make anyone associated with the program proud
“Our guys brought the right energy and put together a performance that would definitely make anyone associated with the program proud,” head coach Chase Brooks told the school’s website. “Olean, New York is always a tough place to play and our guys came in with the right attitude and executed properly and that will set us up well as we move forward in conference play.”
On the year, Pantophlet leads the team with five goals. He’s also assisted on three more, giving him a team-best 13 points. Fredrik Borenstein and Lange each have four goals, while Dorian Kouama has four assists.
In all, the Dukes have tallied 24 goals and assisted on 19 of them, while Frymier has 42 saves and just 13 goals allowed through 11 games.
Duquesne has found itself in a strong position since a 0-2-1 mark in September, winning three of four matches. The lone loss during this current run came on the road to West Virginia, 3-0.
“We talked at halftime about taking advantage of the opportunities we were getting and capitalizing on those moments and that’s what good teams have to do,” said Brooks, after a win earlier this year, to the school’s site. “You’ve got to put your chances away. We were fortunate tonight and created a bunch, but you’re not always going to get that many chances.”
The Dukes head back to the pitch this Friday night at Saint Louis before returning home next week to face VCU and George Washington. They are a perfect 5-0 at Rooney Field and 1-0 in the A-10.