Soccer Teams Drop First Games of the Season

Both DU men’s and women’s soccer fell in the past week to Portland and  Colorado, respectively. The men’s team then followed their loss with a heart-stopping draw vs. Seattle on the road Monday night. Denver volleyball returned home from a six-game roadtrip and earned their first win of the season over Idaho State.

Women’s soccer took on arch-rival University of Colorado Friday night at Pioneer Field and fell 3-1. Twenty-six minutes into the first half, CU’s Jade Babcock scored the game’s first goal. Five minutes into the second half, CU went up 2-0 when the Buffs Rachel Rosen found the back of the net. DU finally got on the board at the 59-minute mark when Kaitlyn Glover sunk a PK to halve the deficit. Two minutes later CU star Shyra James scored her seventh goal of the season to up-end Denver. With the loss, the Pioneers fell to 4-1-4. DU has time to regroup before they face Oral Roberts Saturday at 7:00 p.m. MT.

DU men’s soccer (4-1-3) received their first loss Friday at Portland, 4-2. Denver matched the Pilots in the first half, 1-1, as Sam Basset struck pay dirt for DU.  However, the Pilots controlled play, outshooting the Pioneers 21-10 for the match, owning the second half. Portland scored three straight goals in the final fourth five minutes to earn a convincing 4-2 victory. Denver travels to Minneapolis-St. Paul to take on St. Thomas in Summit League conference play next Saturday.

The Pioneers faced Seattle University Monday night in a thriller. Bryce Willoughby scored the first-half equalizer to pull Denver even with Seattle U in a hard-fought match. The teams played even-up the second half but the Pilots took the lead, 2-1, on a goal from James Morris with ten minutes remaining. The outcome looked bleak but Denver battled back with a clutch goal by Oje Ofunrein with under two minutes remaining. The goal was Ofurein’s eighth goal of the season and salvaged the draw.

Denver women’s volleyball (1-7) returned to Denver and notched their first victory of the season over Idaho State at Hamilton Gym Thursday afternoon (30-28, 25-18 and 25-18). Cassie Davis led Denver with 10 kills. Gianna Bartalo finished with 17 digs.  Sunday, Denver fell to CU in Boulder 3-1. Denver stunned CU in the first game, 25-20, but were swept the next three games. Molly Mirabilli led Denver with 14 kills in the loss. Denver volleyball opens up conference play Thursday against North Dakota at 6:00 pm MT. at Hamilton Gym.

Women’s triathlon competed in their first full triathlon of the season at TCU’s Battle in the Fort. It was a disappointing result as DU only had one participant, Alex Campbell, in the top 10 finishers.

In women’s tennis, at the Bedford Cup in Colorado Springs, DU dominated the event. DU junior Andrea Beltran, sophomore Caroline Driscoll, and sophomore Anastasia Simonov all won their sections. Two of the three finals were all-Denver showdowns in the largely crimson and gold affair.

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  1. Dunker has seen a decent amount of soccer in the past 10 years. Portland’s offense is the best I’ve seen

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