A random tweet about West Virginia opening the 2023 soccer season with consecutive video games towards Penn State, Duquesne and Pitt raised this query Wednesday afternoon (additionally on Twitter):
Why not Pitt vs. Duquesne in soccer?
Main pats on the again to West Virginia for scheduling the primary three video games of its 2023 soccer season at Penn State and residential to Duquesne and Pitt. I am additionally pondering Duquesne/Pitt at Heinz Discipline is a sport lengthy overdue. Most not too long ago performed 1939 @ Pitt Stadium. Dukes gained, 21-13.
— Jerry DiPaola (@JDiPaola_Trib) May 19, 2021
The groups, each steeped in wealthy custom going again a long time, have met solely seven occasions – all at Pitt Stadium – with the Panthers holding a 5-2 sequence edge. Duquesne gained the final matchup of the 2 faculties separated by 2 miles of Forbes Avenue, placing a 21-13 victory within the books on Oct. 21, 1939. The turning level was mentioned to be a poor cross by the Duquesne quarterback that changed into a landing when it was tipped from one receiver to a different.
After the tweet was posted, a Duquesne supporter did some analysis and found that Pitt was ranked No. 1 within the nation on the time of the ‘39 sport after claiming nationwide championships below coach Jock Sutherland in 1936 and 1937. The Dukes ended the season 8-0-1 and ranked No. 10 within the nation. Pitt completed 5-4, its worst file in 16 years.
Value noting, Duquesne additionally was the one workforce to beat the ‘36 Pitt workforce, 7-0.
The sequence ended after that ‘39 sport, and by no means was resumed. An Related Press story that ran within the New York Instances had this to say:
“No causes have been introduced for the break, which grew to become identified at a gathering between athletic administrators Jimmy Hagan of Pitt and Aldo (Buff) Donelli of Duquesne.” Some trivia: Donelli coached each Duquesne and the Pittsburgh Steelers for a part of the 1941 season, dealing with the Steelers within the morning and the Dukes within the afternoon.
The faculties’ basketball groups, whose video games had been marred by on-court fights, additionally ended their sequence in 1939 and didn’t meet once more till 1953.
When the topic of a soccer “Metropolis Sport” was introduced as much as Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi a couple of years in the past, he didn’t completely dismiss the notion. In spite of everything, Pitt repeatedly performs different FCS faculties, together with Youngstown State 5 occasions this century. Duquesne simply performed YSU two years in the past, shedding, 34-14.
Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Evaluation workers author. You possibly can contact Jerry by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Twitter .