Denver reeled off three wins and one loss during the lead-up to homecoming week.
Denver volleyball (12-2, 3-1) started the week in Kansas City where they downed the Roos 3-1. Denver had a .333 hitting % for the match behind 11 kills each by grad student Erica Andrich and freshman Hailey Green. The tables were turned on Saturday in Omaha when DU hit .196% with 9 errors from Andrich, 7 errors by Lydia Bartalo and 9 service errors leading to the Pioneers’ first conference loss (22-25, 24-26, 25-19 & 22-25). Denver now trails (Omaha 3-0 and ORU 4-0) in the conference standings.
Men’s and women’s soccer, however, kept their conference records clean.
Denver men’s soccer (6-2-1, 2-0-0) defeated Eastern Illinois 2-0 behind two goals by sophomore Lukas Fisher. The Pios controlled play, particularly in the first half, and led 2-0 at the break, despite missing several golden scoring opportunities. Denver coasted in the second half and finished with 7 shots-on-goal to the Panthers’ 3 for the match.
First career multi-goal game for the Denver sophomore doubles the Pios lead.#PioneerTogether pic.twitter.com/qgOCPxYqUk
— Denver MSoccer (@DU_MSoccer) October 3, 2021
Women’s soccer (6-5-0, 1-0-0) got their first conference victory to start the conference slate against Omaha with a 2-0 win. The Pioneers jumped out to a quick lead with a goal by Kaitlyn Glover at 1:53 of the first half with an assist by Natalie Beckman (who else?). Beckman assisted 15 minutes later with a feed to Sydney Sharp for the final tally of the match. Denver out-shot the home team 5-1 for the match as the teams battled to a scoreless second half.
🎥Pios in 60 seconds from tonight's 2-0 win at Omaha.#PioneerTogether pic.twitter.com/kWZvLq2ZEn
— Denver WSoccer (@DU_WSoccer) October 2, 2021
Saturday night, DU hockey had their way with an out-manned Lindenwood club team in the Pios’ annual pre-season exhibition game. The Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead but played like lambs the rest of the game, falling 9-1. Expect a far more competitive matchup this upcoming weekend when Denver opens against Arizona State. There are events all week commemorating the installation of Chancellor Jeremy Haefner and Homecoming. Look for tickets and schedule of events here.