DU Wins Title in 2-1 Victory over South Dakota State University

Photos & Interview: Courtesy of Jason Evans. DU’s Sami Feller fights through SDSU defenders.

DU rewarded head coach Jeff Hooker on his 600th game with a 2-1 victory over South Dakota State University (14-4-1, 6-1-1 Summit League) at Diane Wendt Field Thursday night. The win leaves Denver at 9-4-3 overall and 6-0-1 in the Summit League with the tiebreaker advantage against South Dakota State for the regular season conference title. The win also rewarded Denver with a number one seed for next week’s conference tournament in Brookings, S.D. as well as hosting honors for next season’s conference tournament.

Two goals were scored in the first 10 minutes. At 4:04, DU’s Camryn MacMillan found net with an assist from Natalie Beckman. The Jackrabbits countered with a goal by Gabby Vivier-Hannay a little more than two minutes later to draw the match even. Denver controlled pace the balance of the first half and shut down SDSU’s speedy offensive attack.

“As soon as we scored, we let our foot off the peddle a little bit”, said DU head coach Jeff Hooker.

The teams were even much of the second half until 78:36 when the Jackrabbits were whistled for a hand ball in the box. DU’s Kaitlyn Glover tucked the game winner in the right side of the cage and Denver held on to earn the hard fought 2-1 win.

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Jeff Hooker celebrates his 600th game after the win

And the key for the Pioneers was stopping the Jackrabbits dangerous front line, “When you control the ball they can’t score if they don’t have the ball. We moved the ball around well.  Those two (Leah Manuleleua 10 goals/4 assists & Maya Hansen 7 goals/2 assists from SDSU) are a handful. We’ll see them again in the Summit League Tournament.”

Denver led shots-on-goal, 6-3, but Brittany Wilson had to stop several dangerous shots and break-up several corner kicks in traffic to earn the win.

Senior Day for DU Women’s soccer is Sunday, November 3rd at noon when the Pioneers face North Dakota State. And then, November 7th – 9th the Summit League conference tournament.


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