Senior Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.) came through with her third goal in two games, scoring the only goal of the contest, at 38:41 of the first half to lift the Denver Pioneers to a 1-0 shutout of the Kent State Golden Flashes from the Mid-America Conference (MAC) on Aug. 31st at the Denver soccer stadium. The win was Denver’s fourth shutout in a row, and kept DU undefeated at 3-0-1 on the young season.
Kent State, who pushed CU last Thursday in Boulder before falling 2-1, fell to 0-3-1 overall with the loss to Denver.
Coming off a dominant 3-0 winning performance over the University of Texas on Thursday, Aug. 29th, the Pioneer women looked a little rusty out of the gate in the early going into Saturday’s matchup against Kent State, struggling to generate the same kind offensive pressure against the Golden Flashes.
“We had some chances at several corner kicks,” said DU Head Coach Jeff Hooker on the DU team’s slow start. “I thought the [DU] players felt like they could get the same results with a little less effort and you can’t against this [Kent State] team because they’re good.”
But Adler’s goal late in the first half proved to be just enough for the win, as her corner kick to the right top of the six-yard box glanced off the head of Kent State defender Karly Hellstrom and into the back of the KSU net.
The match turned gritty in the second half, with several close calls including a couple of stoppages for leg injuries to DU senior goalie Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.), who turned in another stellar performance in keeping the clean sheet, her fourth in four games.
“Texas was a game where I think we showed our skill,” said Wilson after the KSU game. “We passed around but this [Kent State] game was a little more of a fight – but a win is a win. I thought we fought through.”
Hooker said he is hoping to see the team manage future games a little more smoothly as the Pioneers head west to face off against the University of Washington in Portland, Oregon. That game is Sept. 5th at 6pm MT.
Our thanks to correspondent Ben Rossi for providing the on-site reporting, game quotes and drafting for this story.