Pioneer Soccer Upset Bid Falters Late in 2-1 Loss to #8 SMU Mustangs in Overtime

Josh Drack
DU’s Josh Drack (left) scored this go-ahead goal in the 83rd minute, but the Pioneers fell 2-1 to the Eighth-Ranked SMU Mustangs in OT.  Photo: University of Denver

This loss will be one the University of Denver Pioneer Men’s Soccer team will remember for a long time as eighth-ranked Southern Methodist University foiled DU’s late upset bid, ripping out the Pioneers’ heart with a game-tying goal in the final 2 minutes, then flat-out eating the Pioneers’ heart with a game-winner in overtime, 2-1 on Sept. 21 in Denver. The SMU win exacted revenge on the Pioneers for last year’s 1-0 Denver win over the Mustangs in Dallas.

Things were looking really good for DU as the second half clock ticked down in a tight game. DU’s Josh Drack had just scored a pretty go-ahead goal for the Pioneers with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation time, against the run of play in the second half, and the Pioneers were suddenly leading #8th ranked SMU, delighting a large crowd of over 1500 fans at DU soccer stadium on “Bark-in-the-Park” night home opener.

But with the big upset seemingly just within the Pioneers’ grasp, the DU wheels came off in the final two minutes of regulation, as SMU’s Garrett McLaughlin poked-home a game-tying goal with just 1:25 left in regulation in a goal-mouth scrum, forcing overtime at 1-1.

And once again, DU found a way to lose on overtime this season, letting SMU’s leader Eddie Munjoma dance free for a rocketing shot that beat DU goalie Will Palmquist to win the game for the Mustangs in the third minute of overtime.

SMU had dominated the second half of the contest, out shooting DU 12-3 after DU was better in the first half, as DU missed some strong chances to score early in the contest.

SMU improved to 7-0-0 on the season, and the Pioneers fell to 1-5-1.


Denver Pioneer Sarah Thomas becomes first to swim four English Channel laps

DU Alumnus Sarah Thomas during her record English Channel Swim/Photos: London Independent

DU Pioneer alumni women simply dominate the world in long-distance feats of human sporting endurance, with performances that leave the most capable far behind. Continue reading Denver Pioneer Sarah Thomas becomes first to swim four English Channel laps

Pioneer soccer teams return to Denver Saturday night

With an easy pre-conference schedule, head men’s soccer coach Jamie Franks could have padded his gaudy 61-12-10 career record this season, likely dominated the Summit league during league play and playoffs, and advanced one game into the NCAA Tournament before being bounced out. Instead, Franks has plans on hardening this season’s squad for the knockout rounds of the NCAAs. Continue reading Pioneer soccer teams return to Denver Saturday night

Outstanding DU Food Service worker needs our help

Sometimes when you least expect it, someone makes a difference in your life. A food service worker at Centennial Halls, Benita Foote, needs our help. Her daughter, Tanasia Famber, has established a GoFundMe page to help her mother with transportation. Ms. Foote has been employed full-time at DU for the last 16 years. Unfortunately, she was in a serious car accident and has preexisting diabetic neuropathy which makes her 3:00 am walk to the bus a challenging task. The funding goal is to raise $10,009 for regular transportation from her home in Aurora to the University of Denver campus. Continue reading Outstanding DU Food Service worker needs our help

Denver Falls to #3 Stanford, 2-0

PALO ALTO, Calif. —Third-ranked Stanford men’s soccer, the owners of 10 NCAA appearances in the past 18 years and national championships in 2015, 2016, and 2017, faced the Denver Pioneers in Palo Alto Friday night. Stanford (4-0-0) soundly defeated Denver (0-4-1) 2-0 at Cagan Stadium. Stanford now owns a 5-0-0 record against Denver. Their last meeting was a 1-0 double overtime thriller during the 2018 season, also in Palo Alto.

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DU Men’s Lacrosse Schedule: Duke & North Carolina to make trek to Denver

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On Thursday, the University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse program was the first Division I lacrosse program to release its 2020 schedule. Just a few months removed from missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since Bill Tierney took over the program in 2009, the Pioneers revealed another tough, exciting schedule, especially at home. The Pios’ 2020 schedule features two perennial powers – Duke & North Carolina – returning to Denver for the first time since 2017. Continue reading DU Men’s Lacrosse Schedule: Duke & North Carolina to make trek to Denver

Denver Athletics Update

  • DU’s men’s soccer team is a surprising 0-3-1 after the first four games of a brutal six-game road stretch.  LetsGoDU will be covering Denver soccer live in Palo Alto and Berkeley, California as Denver finishes up their long road trip against Stanford and Cal this weekend before returning home. Goal scoring has been this team’s Achilles heal. They could use the graduated Andre Shinyashiki, just named MLS Player of the Week. DU is the Summit league coaches pre-season favorite to win the conference with second place Omaha (0-3-1) currently holding the same record as the Pioneers.

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LetsGoDU exchanges mountains for the bay over the weekend

LetsGoDU is headed out to the Bay Area to watch Denver play #2 Stanford Friday night at Palo Alto and Sunday afternoon vs Cal in Berkeley, California.

After three one-goal losses and a tie, the DU men’s soccer team is ready for some wins in their two battles by the bay.

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Go Pioneers!

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