Denver Athletics Enjoys Undefeated Weekend

Denver men’s soccer (6-2-2, 2-0) traveled to Omaha Saturday to play the Mavericks in a rivalry match. Denver dominated the first half, outshooting the Mavericks 8-2 but the break ended 0-0.  DU struggled to regain control early in the second half but an Aidan O’Toole feed to Ben Smith, open at the top of the box, put Denver up  1-0. Denver controlled the balance of play, limiting Maverick options to score. DU bunkered in the final 10 minutes but Omaha could never generate a solid offensive opportunity to knot the match. It is a quick turnaround as Denver travels to face Virginia Tuesday in Charlottesville at 4:00 pm MT.

Denver volleyball (9-6, 3-1 Summit League) enjoyed a weekend sweep against  St Thomas (3-1) and Western Illinois (3-0) at Hamilton Gym. Libero Ryen Wilkens accounted for 19 digs and Jordan Lockwood, Cadi Boyer, and Memphis Glasgow accounted for a combined 40 kills in the win ( 25-19, 25-21, 21-25 & 25-14) over the Tommies. Lorrin Poulter had team-high 44  assists against the Tommies and followed that up with 31 against the Leathernecks on Saturday afternoon. Denver clobbered Western Illinois with a balanced attack, hitting .385% to the Leathernecks’ paltry .056%.

Denver women’s soccer (5-4-3, 2-0-1) traveled to South Dakota for a pair of matches. On Friday, they tied the Jackrabbits in a 0-0 draw. It was an evenly played game with few quality scoring opportunities for either side. On Sunday, Denver traveled to Vermillion to face South Dakota. In the first thirty one minutes, the teams traded multiple goals and they half ended 2-2.  Addiysn Hyrup put DU in the lead 5 minutes into the second half with a hard shot to the upper left upper corner of the goal, 3-2. Fifteen minutes later, McKenna Danenhauer controlled the ball in the box and fed Kaitlyn Glover who tucked the ball into the net to settle the margin to two goals, 4-2, and end the Yotes chances for a comeback.

Denver hockey blasted UNLV at Magness Arena in a 10-0 exhibition rout.  Not much to say about this game, which is why we had no recap, as is usual for hockey exhibitions. It was predictably a complete mismatch with top-ranked Denver against an emerging club team that has its eventual sights set on joining NCAA Division I. The real test begins next weekend with home games against #11 Notre Dame (7:00 pm MT) and Maine (6:00 pm MT) in the Ice Breaker Tournament. The Pioneers look ready to roll.

Remember to sign-up for DU homecoming, October 19th-22nd here. Events include coaches’ shows, meet-and-greet events, lectures, HocktoberFESTival, and a DU hockey series vs #15 Providence. Banner raising is scheduled for Saturday night pregame.

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