Denver Slips by Fort Wayne Behind Shinyashiki’s Brace

Andre Shinyashiki did it again. On a damp, cool evening at CIBER Field, Shinyashiki gave the Pioneers (10-0-2, 2-0-1 Summit) a 1-0 second half lead with his 20th goal of the season. Then, in the final minutes, as the Mastodons (6-5-1, 0-2-0 Summit) pressed for the equalizer, Shinyashiki converted his 21st goal on a counter-attack dagger.

The Pioneers controlled midfield the first half but could not create a successful scoring opportunity. However, ten minutes into the second half, Andre Shinyashiki scored after
Stefan DeLeone stole the ball from a Mastodon defender and sent a thru ball to Jacob Stensson and over to Shinyashiki for the left foot finish.

The Pioneers continued to press offensively until midway through the final period when Fort Wayne started to create scoring opportunities. The Pioneers fell back into their own defensive end as Fort Wayne pressed their players forward, controlled the ball and generated six corner kicks in the final 20 minutes.

Soccer Rain
A steady rain fell during the second half of the contest

But, with 2:11 to go, DU struck on the counter. DU’s Destan Norman sent a fast break pass to a streaking Andre Shinyashiki who send a shot off the keeper into the net – his 21st goal for the season. Shinyashiki now has 10 more goals than his closest NCAA scoring rival.

Denver could muster only 7 shots-on-goal for the game to 2 for the Mastodons. The story once again was Andre Shinyashiki scoring all Denver’s goals. Denver continues to play with fire when protecting 1-goal leads and pulling midfielders and backs deep into their own end but Franks has confidence in his defense. It has been six games with only one Pioneer player scoring (DeLeone) other than Andre Shinyashiki – and that must be a concern for Coach Franks and his staff as well.

Will Palmquist started in goal for the Pioneers for his second consecutive match and earned his second consecutive shutout win. Kenny Akamatsu did not play for Denver.

The Pioneers have a big non-conference match against Virginia on Monday, October 8th in Charlottesville, Virginia at 4:00 pm mountain time.