Denver Men’s Soccer Withdraws from NCAA Tournament Due to COVID-19

Denver is out and Omaha is in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament due to COVID-19 protocols. DU and the Summit League announced Tuesday morning that the Pioneers are withdrawing from the tournament competition. Denver’s match against UNC Greensboro will now pit the Mavericks of Omaha against the UNC Greensboro Spartans on April 29th as the Summit League Representative.

Denver men’s soccer had seven postponements or cancellations due to COVID-19 protocols this past season, including the most recent withdrawal from the NCAA Soccer Tournament and the final two games of the regular season against Omaha. It is a harsh reminder to all of us that a virus spread does not imply carelessness. A virus can and does spread quite easily with even the most cautious practices in place.

In the meantime, if not DU, Omaha will be a solid representative for the Summit League in Cary, North Carolina.

3 thoughts on “Denver Men’s Soccer Withdraws from NCAA Tournament Due to COVID-19”

  1. That sucks. In NJ, young people are getting Covid at an alarming rate. Of course they’re not dying, But who knows what the long term effects are on the lungs. Those not vaccinated still have to be careful.. Dunker’s warning.

  2. Also, anyone who knows Jamie Franks knows he runs a very tight ship. Of all DU coaches, he is one of the most demanding on the pitch, off the field and in the classroom. It is just an unfortunate situation but I am sure they will rebound with a fine season next year.

  3. Sad. We don’t even know if anyone on the team tested positive – it could be simply contact tracing protocols or close proximity/isolation, etc.

    Whatever the reality, it’s a tough pill to swallow for the program. Let’s hope Jamie and his staff are trying to get some scorers, either organically or from recruits or the portal. Ranking 85 nationally is not where the program wishes to be…

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