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.