Mixed Results For Denver Athletes Heading into Homecoming Week

DU Men’s soccer (7-2-5, 2-0-2) played to a frustrating 1-1 draw against Kansas City Saturday night. Three straight draws and less than one goal scored per game over their last eight games have shown yet another season where DU struggles to score goals. Denver appears to still have a solid back line, giving up occasional dangerous runs, and consistently controls the midfield. Unfortunately, the front-line players lack the creativity to finish and take the pressure off their back line.  DU has two road trips (Eastern Illinois 10/29 and Lindenwood (11/2) and a finale against Western Illinois (11/5) at Pioneer Field to find some scoring magic. Denver is in a tight regular season race with Omaha, Kansas City, and Oral Roberts separated by a game or less.

Women’s soccer (9-4-3, 6-0-1) struggled against Western Illinois at home Friday night for the first 45 minutes but crushed the Leathernecks in the second half. DU scored four goals, out-shooting WIU 11-1 in the second stanza. Denver used a quick strike, separated by half a minute, as Jadyn Goodrich and Sami Feller scored for the Pioneers twenty minutes into the second half. The roof caved in on the Leathernecks six minutes later as Addisyn Hyrup scored the dagger on the reeling Western Illinois side. Goodrich scored her bookend goal ten minutes later to turn the contest into a rout. On Sunday, Denver fell behind St. Thomas 1-0  but, again, reeled off four goals for the 4-1 win. Sami Feller tied the match in the first half (37:29) and Camryn MacMillan scored ten minutes into the second half for the lead. Ella Frost scored 30 minutes into the second half and McKenna Dannenhauer scored five minutes later for the final 4-1 score.

Next up, DU women’s soccer wraps up the conference season at Oral Roberts on Friday and Kansas City on Sunday.  Denver is in first place with a one-game edge on South Dakota State.

Denver volleyball (12-8, 6-3) split their home stand, falling to North Dakota State University 3-0 Thursday and defeating North Dakota 3-2 in a squeaker Saturday at Hamilton gym. In game one, Denver started slowly and lost two close games against the Bison (25-11, 27-25 and  26-24) Nine service errors by DU to zero for the NDSU along with a low hitting percentage  (.183% vs 311%) spelled defeat for a Denver side. DU struggled to show consistency and confidence against the energized Bison who have enjoyed very little success against Denver in the past.  The North Dakota match was tight from the start with three games separated by two points. Lorrin Poulter had 59 digs and the trio of Hailey Green, Memphis Glasgow and Jordan Lockwood combined for 53 kills in the much-needed win.

Denver has a pair of homecoming matches against first-place rival South Dakota (Thur 6:00 pm MT) and South Dakota State (Sat 1:00 pm MT) this upcoming week.  If you like college volleyball, these should be two excellent matches.

Denver Triathlon finished third at the Western Regionals at Stockton, Missouri Saturday. Denver placed two athletes in the top 10, Olivia Ebenstein and Freya McKinley. A dominant ASU squad won the event, followed by South Dakota. (UPDATE)

Denver Swim and Dive competed against Air Force and LSU at El Polmar Saturday. Denver defeated Air Force but fell to LSU on points.

Also, it is Homecoming Week!

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