Denver Downs Creighton with Golden Goal, 1-0

Photo: Courtesy of Omaha World Herald

It looked all night like Denver (#5, 9-0-2) was playing for a 0-0 tie against the Creighton Bluejays (#8, 7-2-1) in Omaha, Nebraska. But DU’s Stefan Deleone had a different idea. In the second overtime, he scored a golden goal (104:40) when a Bluejays defender misplayed a ball in the box and Deleone hammered home the lose ball to give the Pioneers a 1-0 road win.

DU had a new goalkeeper, Will Palmquist, who was a last minute replacement for Nick Gardner. DU was also absent two other starting players for the night – Jacob Stenssen with an accumulation of yellow cards and Kenny Akamatsu with a carry-over red. So, clearly, Denver was short-handed and playing defensively against another nationally ranked opponent on the road.

Pamquist was forced to make a number of difficult saves on 25 shots, 7 shots-on-goal as Creighton controlled the ball and created numerous scoring chances during regulation and the first over-time. Denver could only muster 4 shots-on-goal and 8 shots for the match.

DU’s NCAA scoring leader Andre Shinyashiki was held scoreless for his second game in a row and had only 1 shot on-goal for the night. The big win kept the Pioneers undefeated for the season.

Denver returns to CIBER Field to play Fort Wayne in Summit League action on Friday, October 5th at 7:00.

12 thoughts on “Denver Downs Creighton with Golden Goal, 1-0”

  1. This was a gut-check game for DU. Four starters out of the lineup and on the road against a top 10-ranked team, and still won…

    Very, very impressive, indeed.

  2. This was a gut-check game for DU. Four starters out of the lineup and on the road against a top 10-ranked team, and still won…

    Very, very impressive, indeed.

  3. If/when they get Moshe Perez back, DU’s offense will become much more effective. And, that will also take the pressure off Andre Shinyashiki.

  4. Perez is now on week four of his 6-8 week projected ankle injury rehab, so we may not see him back until November. Stensson and Akamatsu are big components of the Pioneer attack, and having them both out of the lineup last night for yellow/red card offenses would certainly be a reason why DU’s offense was slowed. Not sure about Nick Gardner’s injury, but I hope he’s back soon. That said, Palmquist was great in net last night.

    Winning against top 10 teams on the road with your best players is hard enough. DU has never beaten Creighton on the road. But to do so with almost half the starting lineup out for cards and injuries, and most of the team left on the field as underclassmen is nothing short of sensational.

    This team is learning to rely on itself, showing grit and getting the job done. I think Callum Stretch and Gideon Davis may two of the best freshmen defenders in the country, and they are playing like seniors.

    The next game against Purdue Fort Wayne is no picnic. PFW is ranked #61 in the RPI out of 205 teams. Then comes RPI #3 Virginia and #21 Maryland on the road. This is a tough stretch of the season, and DU needs to keep improving, and getting scoring from different guys (other than Andre) like they did last night is a big step forward…

  5. If/when they get Moshe Perez back, DU’s offense will become much more effective. And, that will also take the pressure off Andre Shinyashiki.

  6. Perez’s recovery worries me. Having strong ankles is paramount in soccer, no kidding. Hard to imagine Perez being near 100% if he returns. By that I mean that if he and another player strike the ball at the same time, (happens every game to almost every player, that’s soccer) will he be gimpy after the hit. What a shame for I watched Perez closely and I thought he was on his way to 2nd or 3rd team all-American. I didn’t know Perez would click so quickly as a feeder, but he did. I did think our young players would improve much as the season moves forward and they have. We might have a very exciting November soccer season.

  7. Perez is now on week four of his 6-8 week projected ankle injury rehab, so we may not see him back until November. Stensson and Akamatsu are big components of the Pioneer attack, and having them both out of the lineup last night for yellow/red card offenses would certainly be a reason why DU’s offense was slowed. Not sure about Nick Gardner’s injury, but I hope he’s back soon. That said, Palmquist was great in net last night.

    Winning against top 10 teams on the road with your best players is hard enough. DU has never beaten Creighton on the road. But to do so with almost half the starting lineup out for cards and injuries, and most of the team left on the field as underclassmen is nothing short of sensational.

    This team is learning to rely on itself, showing grit and getting the job done. I think Callum Stretch and Gideon Davis may two of the best freshmen defenders in the country, and they are playing like seniors.

    The next game against Purdue Fort Wayne is no picnic. PFW is ranked #61 in the RPI out of 205 teams. Then comes RPI #3 Virginia and #21 Maryland on the road. This is a tough stretch of the season, and DU needs to keep improving, and getting scoring from different guys (other than Andre) like they did last night is a big step forward…

  8. Impressive win with a depleted squad. Glad to read Swami’s comments about the strength of the freshmen on defense. Sounds like we may be close to recovering from the loss of Kortne Ford a couple seasons ago. Keep rollin’, Pios.

  9. Perez’s recovery worries me. Having strong ankles is paramount in soccer, no kidding. Hard to imagine Perez being near 100% if he returns. By that I mean that if he and another player strike the ball at the same time, (happens every game to almost every player, that’s soccer) will he be gimpy after the hit. What a shame for I watched Perez closely and I thought he was on his way to 2nd or 3rd team all-American. I didn’t know Perez would click so quickly as a feeder, but he did. I did think our young players would improve much as the season moves forward and they have. We might have a very exciting November soccer season.

  10. Impressive win with a depleted squad. Glad to read Swami’s comments about the strength of the freshmen on defense. Sounds like we may be close to recovering from the loss of Kortne Ford a couple seasons ago. Keep rollin’, Pios.

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