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The undefeated 7th-ranked University of Denver men’s soccer team traveled to 9th-ranked Butler for a showdown at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana Monday night and emerged with a hard fought 1-0 win (as LetsGoDU predicted).
Both teams traded defensive punches in the first 45 minutes with Denver holding the sole shot-on-goal. Then, twenty minutes into the second half (65:49), Reagan Dunk sent a pass into the box from the right side and DU’s Blake Elder sent a sliding kick past the keeper to the left side of the goalkeeper. Denver held on with stout defense for the huge win.
In this tight, defensive game each squad had two shots on goal but Denver made the Bulldogs pay. The tightly contested match had lots of fouls (17 by Butler and 10 by Denver) and two yellow cards for the Pios (Graham Smith & captain Sam Hamilton) and the Bulldog’s Derek Sutton.
This was a statement victory for the Pioneers and resulted in a huge RPI-boost, which will come into play come Tournament selection time.