The sudden end of the #1 seed DU women’s soccer (11-4-4, 8-0-1) season came Sunday afternoon during the Summit League Tournament semifinals at Pioneer Field. The underdog #4 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (10-9-2, 4-5-0) bunkered in during the game, packing the back line, failing to go on the offensive, and hoping for overtime and a shootout. After a scoreless regulation draw and extra time, the Golden Eagles got their wish and took down DU 3-2 during PK’s. Denver outshot ORU 14-3 and shots-on-goal 5-3 but the Pioneers could not find the back of the net. The final result marked a shocking end to DU’s post-season hopes after an undefeated conference regular season. #2 seed, South Dakota State fell to Omaha as the top two seeds were booted from the Summit League Tournament.
After a ten-day layoff, Denver men’s soccer (9-2-5, 4-0-2) traveled to Eastern Illinois Saturday morning and defeated the Panthers 3-0. Holger Olsson netted a pair of goals for DU, one in the first half (41:35) and another early in the second half (49:18). Lukas Fischer sealed the match at 55:20 to complete the shutout win. Eastern Illinois has had a poor season and was outshot 25 to 4 with 12 to 3 shots on goal.
Next up for the Pioneers is Lindenwood on Wednesday, November 2nd in St. Charles, Missouri.
Women’s volleyball (15-9, 9-4) earned a road sweep against Western Illinois and St Thomas, both by scores of 3-1. Denver was led by Memphis Glasgow’s 32 kills, 6 blocks and 30 digs during the two-game set. Lorrin Poulter chipped in with 88 assists in the two victories.
Denver returns home for a pair of matches against Oral Roberts (6:00 pm MT) on Thursday and UMKC (1:00 pm MT) on Saturday for their final regular season home matches. The Summit League Tournament will be held in Omaha, Nebraska after DU road trips to North Dakota State, North Dakota, and Omaha.
Denver Triathlon had an outstanding day Sunday at the Bearathlon in Berkeley, California. Denver won the collegiate division and placed two athletes on the podium – Elizabeth Harita in second and Avarie Faulkner in third. DU’s Melissa Funes captured the fifth spot during the last regular season triathlon of the season before the NCAA championships. The Pioneers finished in first place for the day, ahead of San Francisco and Colorado Mesa. Defending Nationa Champion Arizona State did not compete at the Bearathon.
The Pioneers compete Saturday, Nov. 12 in Tempe, Arizona, for the 2022 Triathlon Collegiate National Championships.