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If WVU can play Penn State, Duquesne, Pitt on consecutive soccer Saturdays, why not Pitt vs. Duquesne?

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?

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 jdipaola@triblive.com or through Twitter .

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