Soccer Teams Go 3-1, Volleyball 2-0 in Weekend Tilts

This weekend students returned to campus and 900 fans filled CIBER Field Friday night. The crowd witnessed a tight match between DU men’s soccer and Evansville. In the first half, Denver used a corner kick, initiated by Lukas Fisher, that Trevor Wright tucked into the net with four minutes remaining in the period. Denver controlled the second half, outshooting the Purple Aces 7-4 for the match, and held on for the 1-0 win.

On Sunday afternoon, Denver men’s soccer faced Cal-State Fullerton in a sunny, hot (90 degrees) afternoon match. Denver started out slowly but late first-half goals by Denver’s Ronan Wynne (32 min) and AJ Francois (38 min) got the Pioneers to the break with a 2-0 lead. Samuel Owusu finally got the Titans on the board at the 55-minute mark. Denver held on for the 2-1 win and moved to 3-1-1 for the season. Men’s soccer continues to play tight matches and needs to find more consistent front-line scoring to put opponents away.

Women’s soccer (5-2) split a bittersweet Arizona swing. Despite outplaying Grand Canyon and outshooting the Antelopes, 19-15 in Phoenix, the Pioneers fell in game one, 4-2. The ‘Lopes held a 1-0 lead at the half. In the second half, a Sami Feller goal and assist were not enough to overcome GC’s opportunistic scoring as the ‘Lopes added three more goals in the period. Denver stayed in Phoenix an untracked their offense against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Saturday with five players scoring goals in a 6-2 win. Denver women’s soccer has shown they can score in bunches this season but need to shore up their back-line over the next three games before they begin conference play.

Denver women’s volleyball (7-1) won two matches as they hosted the Thin Air Challenge. DU started with a dominating 3-1 win over Air Force. Lydia Bartalo and Erica Andrich teamed up for 21 kills in the match. Friday night, Denver faced Cal State Fullerton and swept the Titans, 3-0. Lydia Bartalo, Erica Andrich and Haily Green hammered the visitors with 33 kills. Erica Andrich has elevated her game since last season giving Denver a strong front line along with Tina Boe  and Lydia Bartalo and a powerful 1-2-3 punch. The only blemish for the tournament was 22 service errors during the two-match set.  Only 480 people attended Denver’s two matches, a disappointing showing, especially with front range foe Air Force in the tournament. Idaho had to withdraw from the tournament due to COVID.

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