This season, the NCAA is consolidating the Division I Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships by having all 48 women’s teams and all 36 men’s teams compete in Cary, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. Denver men’s and women’s soccer were assigned their first-round opponents Monday.
DU men’s soccer will represent the Summit League with a 6-2 record and are pitted against the Southern Conference winner, UNC Greensboro (9-2-2, 3-1-2). Three-quarters of the Spartans’ goals come from three players – Theo Collomb (7), Mani Austman (6), and Fernando Garcia (5). They score 1.92 goals per game and allow 0.89 goals per game. Denver scores 1.5 goals per game and allows 0.63 goals per game. Jacob Stensson leads DU with 3 goals and 4 assists along with Kengo Ohira with 3 goals and 2 assists. Game times are to be announced. The winner advances to play the fourth overall seed Stanford Cardinal (9-2-1, 7-2-1) in the second round.
— Denver MSoccer (@DU_MSoccer) April 19, 2021
#22 DU women’s soccer (16-2-1, 14-1-1) will play Missouri Valley Conference representative Loyola-Chicago (8-1-1, 6-1-1). The Ramblers score 2.0 goals per game and only allow 0.50 goals per game. Loyola’s Megan Nemec has 3 goals and 9 assists and Lindsey Hardiman has 5 goals. Denver matches Loyola statistics with 1.95 goals allowed per match and 0.47 goals allowed. DU is led by Natalie Beckman with 10 goals and 14 assists and Sami Feller with 8 goals and 8 assists. The winner advances to play second overall seed North Carolina (15-1, 8-0) in the second round.
— The Summit League (@thesummitleague) April 19, 2021
Top photo of Jacob Stensson & Natalie Beckman courtesy of Denver Athletics