Photo: Courtesy of Omaha Athletics
Denver stormed back against a two goal deficit to defeat a frustrated Omaha Mavericks side. The match featured skirmishes and ejections as Omaha’s coach Bob Warming was ejected after receiving two yellow cards.
Denver outshot the Mavs 18-9 but the pesky home-side made the most of their opportunities against a sometimes shaky Nick Gardner in goal for the Pioneers.
While Denver controlled the ball in the first half, Omaha took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Diego Gutierrez at 29:48 from the left wing who tucked the ball into the far upper left of Denver’s goal. The teams traded punches the rest of the first half with the Mavericks headed to the break with the advantage. Omaha doubled the advantage to 2-0 at 48:03 on a corner kick header by Billy Hoffman on a near-post shot into the Denver net.
Then, DU’s Andre Shinyashiki caught fire and all hell broke loose.
A minute after Hoffman’s goal, Pioneer star Andre Shinyashiki cut the lead in half with a shot from the right side of the goal, assisted by Kenny Akimatsu. Shinyashiki knotted the match a minute later with another shot from the right wing. Shinyashiki made it three goals in traffic with an inside the box tally in less than four minutes at 53:10 to give Denver the lead 3-2.
While Denver continued to control the pace, Omaha drew even at 77:39 at 3-3 on a goal by Martin Veys. Amazing Andre, not to be outdone on an incredible night, countered a minute later on a shot from the top of the box to make it 4-3, Denver. That gave Shinyashiki the Quadruple for the night – and the game winner.
With 10 minutes to go, it looked like Omaha had tied the game but an offside call from the linesman sent the Omaha players and bench into a frenzy. Omaha’s coach, Bob Warming was sent to the showers with his second yellow card of the night. Denver held on for the tough road win.
One Mav fan said it all for the home side:
Shinyashiki now leads the NCAA with an incredible 17 goals and Denver’s record moves to 7-0-1 (1-0 Summit). And an underrated Omaha squad falls to 1-5 (0-1).