As we told you, Denver hockey (3-1-0) lost a game 4-3 to Providence Friday night. However, the team rebounded the next evening with a comeback 4-3 win against Boston College at the raucous Conte Forum.
Against BC, Massimo Rizzo evened up the game 1-1 for Denver at 6:12 of the second period but the Eagles responded six minutes later to carry a 2-1 advantage into the final period. In the third, Connor Coponi drew the game even, 2-2, and six minutes later Tristan Broz gave DU the lead, 3-2. Once again, BC knotted the game three minutes later. With two minutes remaining, DU’s Carter King lit the lamp for the game winner, 4-3. Goaltender Matt Davis had 24 saves in the hard-fought win.
— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) October 22, 2023
In other action, DU women’s soccer (9-2-5, 5-1-1), despite a bumpy two-match trip to the Dakotas, came away with at least a share of the Summit League regular season crown. DU men’s soccer (9-2-4, 5-0-1) earned a sweep with big wins against Omaha and St. Thomas at Pioneer field.
In an evenly fought women’s soccer match against North Dakota State on the road, the Bison’s Page Goaley found the back of the net at 68:45 and that is all NDSU would need for the win against Denver. Against North Dakota Saturday, the teams traded two goals each in the first half and one each in the final 45 minutes for the 3-3 draw. Freshman Liv Moritz and Kaitlyn Glover accounted for all of DU’s scoring. Denver secured, at minimum a tie for the Summit League Title, pending the results of the rescheduled South Dakota State-Omaha match.
Denver women’s soccer will host the Summit League tournament during homecoming weekend with matches Friday and Sunday.
Denver men’s soccer struggled against conference rival Omaha and relied on a Holger Olsson corner kick header at 42:55 to secure the hard-fought 1-0 win Wednesday night. Keeper Isaac Nehme made some huge saves for Denver in the match. On Saturday, DU buried St Thomas with three goals in the first 12 minutes en route to a 5-0 thrashing. Olsson got on the board in the first minute followed shortly theater by a tally from Aidan O’toole. An own-goal and another Pioneer goal shortly before half by Kyle McGowan added to the rout.
Denver pays off its first corner kick of the night. Holger cleans up the rebound off the post for his third of the season and the ninth of his career.#GoPios https://t.co/ET1Yx5qmX3 pic.twitter.com/tSZv6GsptX
— Denver MSoccer (@DU_MSoccer) October 19, 2023
Denver men travel to Tulsa to play the Golden Eagles (4-0-2 Summit) Saturday in a big match with ORU fighting for the top spot against DU. Denver soccer will complete the regular season the following Saturday at Pioneer Field against UMKC.
DU volleyball (8-19, 7-3) won a tight match in Hamilton gym against North Dakota Thursday. Denver secured the first game but the Fighting Hawks pushed the match to a fifth game decider. Denver emerged from the fifth game, 15-10, with the victory. Cassie Davis led the Pioneers with 22 kills, Briley Decker earned 47 assists and Gianna Bartalo made 21 digs. Denver got swept at Fargo, 3-0, as NDSU eked out three close games. Denver scored 22 twice and 24 in extra points but it was not enough. Davis, Decker and Bartalo were category leaders for Denver again.
Next weekend is busy with Homecoming events including hockey vs Augustana and Air Force, Summit League women’s soccer championships at Pioneer Field, DU men’s soccer on the road in a possible regular season title-clinching match against ORU, volleyball at Hamilton Gym against St. Thomas Thursday and key rival South Dakota Saturday afternoon. It should be an exciting week for Denver Athletics.