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Denver Falls to #3 Stanford, 2-0

PALO ALTO, Calif. —Third-ranked Stanford men’s soccer, the owners of 10 NCAA appearances in the past 18 years and national championships in 2015, 2016, and 2017, faced the Denver Pioneers in Palo Alto Friday night. Stanford (4-0-0) soundly defeated Denver (0-4-1) 2-0 at Cagan Stadium. Stanford now owns a 5-0-0 record against Denver. Their last meeting was a 1-0 double overtime thriller during the 2018 season, also in Palo Alto.

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Denver Athletics Update

  • DU’s men’s soccer team is a surprising 0-3-1 after the first four games of a brutal six-game road stretch.  LetsGoDU will be covering Denver soccer live in Palo Alto and Berkeley, California as Denver finishes up their long road trip against Stanford and Cal this weekend before returning home. Goal scoring has been this team’s Achilles heal. They could use the graduated Andre Shinyashiki, just named MLS Player of the Week. DU is the Summit league coaches pre-season favorite to win the conference with second place Omaha (0-3-1) currently holding the same record as the Pioneers.

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LetsGoDU exchanges mountains for the bay over the weekend

LetsGoDU is headed out to the Bay Area to watch Denver play #2 Stanford Friday night at Palo Alto and Sunday afternoon vs Cal in Berkeley, California.

After three one-goal losses and a tie, the DU men’s soccer team is ready for some wins in their two battles by the bay.

Keep track of the Denver Pioneers men’s soccer by following Twitter and reading our game recaps here.

Go Pioneers!

Jamie Franks’ big gamble

Photo: Courtesy of Brotherly Game

DU (0-1-2) started their season with six straight contests on the road, beginning August 30th and not returning to CIBER Field until September 21st against SMU. They have played Washington (#13, L 2-1), Seattle (Tie 0-0) and Indiana (#2, L 2-1/1OT). Today at 5:00 pm MT they face Notre Dame (#11). The Pioneers finish the road gauntlet against Stanford (#4) and Cal next weekend.

The last DU team to tackle this kind of schedule was DU men’s lacrosse last season when they went on the road after they played Cleveland State February 24th, returning to campus March 30th against Georgetown. Denver went 2-2 on the road, giving up a home game to boot in order to play Notre Dame in a California tournament. The Pioneers never seemed to regain their confidence or footing for the rest of the season.  Continue reading Jamie Franks’ big gamble

Pioneer Athletics officially off the air

Looking forward to watching DU soccer, volleyball, hockey on TV this fall? Well, unfortunately, DU athletics are now off the air along with the rest of Altitude TV’s programming in its 10 state region if you have Comcast/Xfinity, DISHTV or Direct TV. And, Altitude TV claims that streaming content is not a feasible, economic option to do an ‘end run’ around the Big Three.

Altitude is also the home network for the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, NBA’s Denver Nuggets, MLS’ Colorado Rapids and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth. Should it last that long, the dispute ratchets up on October 3rd when the Colorado Avalanche are scheduled to return to Altitude’s lineup with their regular season opener and October 5th when DU hockey hits the ice.

Altitude’s coverage-area includes Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming. DirectTV and Dish Network also provide nationwide coverage for Pioneer Nation so this will impact all Pioneer fans. Continue reading Pioneer Athletics officially off the air

Volleyball Opens with Win Over San Francisco, 3-1

DU Women’s volleyball (1-0) was the last fall team sport to start play until Friday night. The Pioneers opened up the season with a convincing 25-14, 25-17, 27-25, 25-22 win at Hamilton Gym against the West Coast Conference San Francisco *Dons. The Pioneers were voted the Summit League pre-season favorite for a sixth consecutive year. But with the graduation of stars Becca Latham and Emma Willis and injuries to outside hitters Taylor Jochim and Katarina Marinkovic, question marks surround this year’s squad, especially front line defense (blocks) and scoring (kills).

The Pioneers took the first two games and looked to sweep but San Francisco made a furious comeback to take the match to a 4th game. Denver took control in the fourth game to seal the match.

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DU dominates the Dons in home opener. Photo: Courtesy of Jason Evans

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WAC wobbles as Chicago State circles the drain

The University of Denver’s former and short-lived conference, the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), recently added Cal-Baptist to stabilize the ‘conference of last resort.’ Then, Cal State Bakersfield announced its intention to go to the Big West and UMKC recently announced its plans to flee back to the Summit League. The WAC again returns to eight members with the future addition of Dixie State (Utah) to add stability but not necessarily respectability.

Now, another WAC member is on the ropes. According to an August article in the Chicago Crusader, “Student-athletes and coaches are concerned about the University’s commitment to Division I athletics”. With an interim athletic director, no sports information director, only one trainer for the entire department and no compliance manager, it is now only a matter of time until the Cougars fold their tent. Continue reading WAC wobbles as Chicago State circles the drain