Striking in extra time, sophomore forward Andre Shinyashiki secured the 2-1 victory for the University of Denver men’s soccer team over New Mexico. The win extended the Pioneers’ regular season unbeaten streak to 32 consecutive games and a current record of 13-0-2.
Recently No. 3-ranked by College Soccer News, Denver continued to assert its success on the national platform. With eight seconds remaining in the second overtime, redshirt-senior midfielder Karsten Hanlin sent a corner kick into the box. The cross was headed by a New Mexico defender and redirected by Shinyashiki to net the game-winner.
Denver was the first to get on the scoreboard following a scoreless first half. Hanlin struck a one-timer past New Mexico’s goalie off of a cross sent by sophomore Kenny Akamatsu from the right flank. Hanlin’s delayed run behind Shinyashiki timed the cross precisely to create the conversion during the 52nd minute.
With one minute remaining in regulation, New Mexico’s Nicholas Rochowski equalized the score. A shot taken by New Mexico outside of the penalty area created chaos in front of net leaving a loose ball open for Rochowski to finish, sending the game to extra time.
Denver returns to Summit League play on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. The Pioneers host Oral Roberts.