Category Archives: Men’s Soccer

Coach George Gwozdecky Headlines DU’s 2020 Hall of Fame Class Induction Event

DU has formally announced its 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

The ceremony will feature a return to campus by hockey head coach George Gwozdecky, one of Denver’s greatest coaches, who led DU to a pair of national championships, multiple NCAA appearances and an imposing 443-267-64 record in 19 years with the Pioneers between 1994 and 2013. The evening is sure to be a special one as ‘Coach Gwoz’ finally gets some of the eternal recognition that he so richly deserves as a legend in the Pioneer family. Continue reading Coach George Gwozdecky Headlines DU’s 2020 Hall of Fame Class Induction Event

Collegiate Soccer is at a Scheduling Crossroads

Photo: Courtesy of FourFourTwo

An old college paradigm has college soccer teams playing multiple games a week in a packed fall schedule resulting in injuries and decreased playing quality as top players flee the collegiate soccer model for the pros.

Unlike the rest of the soccer world, which plays once a week nearly year-round, college soccer funnels all of its games into a tight, four-month span between September and December, with many teams playing three games a week. The result is more player injuries, additional fatigue, extensive weekly travel, and academic hardship on student-athletes. The short season also forces the best part of the season (and postseason) into freezing weather in many parts of the country, which reduces spectator interest. Continue reading Collegiate Soccer is at a Scheduling Crossroads

University of Denver Athletics’ Decade in Review: Top 10 Moments of the Decade

Top Moment of the Decade: DU’s 2015 NCAA Lacrosse Championship transcended DU – it was a watershed moment in the history of lacrosse in America as this victory moved it from an eastern game to a national game.

In 2010, when the decade began, the University of Denver was known primarily as a hockey school, supplemented by many NCAA ski titles. Continue reading University of Denver Athletics’ Decade in Review: Top 10 Moments of the Decade

MSU Wears Down Denver in NCAA Playoff Win, 1-0

A 30-minute rain delay and soggy field met the Denver Pioneers Thursday night at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium in Springfield, Missouri. The first half was a defensive affair between the Denver Pioneers and the Missouri State Bears. Denver tried to attack down the middle of the field with long runs from Preston Judd. Missouri State worked their offense from the wings and launched kicks into the box. Most of the half, Denver packed the defensive end, content to make long forays into Bear territory. Neither team could score a goal with the Bears earning the best opportunity to score at 30:02. MSU’s  Jack Denton fired a shot from the top of the box low right and Denver’s keeper Will Palmquist made a sliding save. The Bears had 5 shots and 3 shots-on-goal while Denver could only muster 3 shots for the half. Continue reading MSU Wears Down Denver in NCAA Playoff Win, 1-0

Denver to Battle Tough Missouri State Side in Tonight’s NCAA First-Round Match

Photo Courtesy Missouri State Athletics

As the only undefeated soccer squad in Division I, it was time for #12 Missouri State Bears to flash the disrespect card. The Bears’ head coach, Jon Learny, following the NCAA Tournament selection show Monday, did little to brush off the frustration of losing a first-round bye when he told the Springfield-News Leader,  “A bunch of suits in Indianapolis determine this crap, not us,” Jon Leamy said. “We play games and that’s what we like to do. We’ll go anywhere at any time to play. Teams need to play each other and that’s how we find out who’s best.” Continue reading Denver to Battle Tough Missouri State Side in Tonight’s NCAA First-Round Match

Denver Resurrects Season, Earns NCAA Bid

Photos: Courtesy Jason Evans. Pioneers celebrate Judd’s game winning goal (above).

The low point came a month ago (10/19) with a loss to Summit League member Western Illinois. Said head coach Jamie franks, “I’m very disappointed with my group. The mentality of the group was wrong. We just got out worked today. The success of the program has always been built on three things that you can control: your positioning, your work rate and your mentality. This season, this team’s work rate and their mentality have been poor. They have not been open to criticism. There has not been ownership every day to try to bring their best and get better. For that, we haven’t gotten results.”  The team fell to 2-7-2 overall, 0-1-1 Summit League. Continue reading Denver Resurrects Season, Earns NCAA Bid

DU Men’s Soccer Wins Do-or-Die Game, 3-1 over Purdue Ft. Wayne Mastodons

EI-gIcMX0AARDuVThe assignment for Denver Pioneers men’s soccer was a very simple one – either win or tie at Purdue Fort Wayne in the final Summit League regular season game and DU would advance to the Summit League Tournament in Denver next weekend.  But if DU lost, the Denver season would be over and DU would be humiliated with a 5th place league finish (and four other Summit teams above them would play on their field in Denver next weekend). 

Fortunately for the Pioneers, they passed the test, whipping the Mastodons, 3-1, outshooting Purdue Fort Wayne 34-9, including 20-5 on goal.  The Denver victory also secured the Pioneers a three seed in the Summit Tournament next weekend.  Should Denver win the next two league tourney games on its home field, it can win the Summit League title and the accompanyng NCAA tourney autobid.

Denver was led by Junior Preston Judd (Henderson, Nev.) who scored twice inside the opening 21 minutes, and the Pioneers never looked back.

Judd’s multi-goal match was the fourth of his collegiate career and his first as a Pioneer, while sophomore centerback Callum Stretch (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored his first collegiate goal to help secure the vital twin for the Pioneers.

With the win, Crimson and Gold now will play in the 4 p.m. MT semifinal against either Western Illinois or Oral Roberts next Thursday.

The Pioneers were control for basically the entire 90 minutes, taking eight of the 10 corner kicks in the 90 minutes.

Denver opened the scoring in the ninth minute on a strike from over 30 yards from Judd, knocking the ball into an open net after getting the first touch to the ball in a battle with Purdue Fort Wayne’s centerback. After touching the ball by his defender, Judd looked up and saw the goalkeeper well out of his net before accurately passing the ball inside the far post to give Denver the lead.

Purdue Fort Wayne equalized in the 15th minute from the penalty spot as Nemanja Gvozdic put his spot kick into the back of the net to level the score at 1-1.

Stretch quickly put the Pioneers back in-front in the 20th minute, blasting a right-footed strike from outside of 30 yards into the upper-90 to restore Denver’s one-goal advantage — a goal that would be the game-winner.

Judd’s second doubled Denver’s advantage at 3-1 in the 21st minute, a curled effort from outside the box that was assisted by freshman Aidan O’Toole (The Hills, Texas) and sophomore winger Stefan DeLeone (Fort Collins, Colo.). O’Toole’s assist marked the first point of his collegiate career, while DeLeone earned his first helper of the campaign and the fourth of his two-year Pioneer career.

Denver’s second and third goal came just 1:42 apart, the 15th fastest consecutive goals in Denver’s Division I history. The WAC’s leader in goals a year ago, Judd, now has six goals in the 2019 campaign and 28 for his career.

The Pioneers will host the 2019 Summit League Men’s Soccer Championship next weekend. Third-seeded Denver will play in the second semifinal, scheduled to kickoff at 4 p.m. MT, against either Oral Roberts or Western Illinois. 


Denver Gets New Life in 2-0 Victory Over Omaha

Denver (4-9-3, 2-2-1 Summit League) waited this season until it meant the most before rising up for a signature win against the Omaha Mavericks (3-8-3, 2-2-1 Summit League), 2-0, Saturday night in a must-win match.

Earlier in the day, Western Illinois 3-1 (Summit League) defeated Eastern Illinois (0-2-2). Combined with Denver’s win over Omaha tonight, the Pioneers moved into a playoff spot for the 4-team Summit League Playoffs to be held in Denver November 14th-16th. Denver can cement their playoff spot with a win at Fort Wayne (3-12, 0-3 Summit League) Saturday, November 9th. Continue reading Denver Gets New Life in 2-0 Victory Over Omaha