Denver soccer finely tuned the split start to the 2017 season. In the Summit League Opener, the DU Pioneers’ play resembled its previous style and culture that propelled the program’s outstanding success within the past few seasons. With a calm, 1-0 win over the Eastern Illinois Panthers Denver (6-5-0, 1-0-0 Summit League) reinstated a critical confidence of play as the Pioneers controlled the match.
“The point of the out-of conference is to find out what you have and then the point of the in-conference is to find out to get better each day and each game and that’s what we’ve done all season,” Head coach Jamie Franks said. “For us, I think we’ve learned some valuable lessons from about the past three weeks or month and we’re addressing those things and they aren’t things that will happen over night. These kids have a lot of talent and a lot of experience so as long as we stay resilient we’re going to continue to get results.” Continue reading Kronenberg’s goal sends Denver past Eastern Illinois in Summit League Opener
Scott DeVoss has anchored Denver’s backline for the past two seasons as a standout natural under CIBER Field’s lights. As a homegrown product of Real Colorado, DeVoss’ familiarity with CIBER Field dates back farther than his class standing as a redshirt junior. DeVoss grew up on the sidelines of Denver’s pitch as a ball boy, aspiring one day to sport the Crimson and Gold, stepping on the other side of the paint. Continue reading Scott DeVoss, Denver Men’s Soccer’s homegrown hero
The DU Pioneers are all too familiar with playing past the final whistle, but their momentum faltered while visiting the Gonzaga University Bulldogs at Luger Field where the Pios fell 2-1 in extra time.
Denver (5-5-0, 0-0-0 Summit League) had a an early lead 1-0 lead that the Bulldogs soon mirrored, sending the game into overtime. Gonzaga (6-3-1 ,0-0-0 West Coast Conference) would clinch the victory just 58 seconds into play as Joe Corner fed a ball outside the six-yard line that midfielder Christo Michaelson got a foot onto, beating Denver’s goalie Nick Gardner. Continue reading Denver Drops 2-1 OT Decision Against Gonzaga
Photo: Denver took to the Saint Louis University field for Tuesday night’s showdown
Denver (5-4-0) men’s soccer waited nine long days before playing Saint Louis (2-4-1) at Hermann Stadium. It must have seemed like an eternity for a coach and team looking for answers. For the visiting Pioneers, this match was all about building confidence before conference play starts in 10 days.
Denver had the momentum and the advantage the first 25 minutes of the contest. Continue reading Denver Prevails Against Saint Louis U, 3-1
The sound of the referee’s whistle being blown approximately every five-to-ten minutes pulsed the atmosphere of CIBER Field as the University of Denver Pioneers hosted the Saint Mary’s College Gaels in a dramatic Sunday evening match. With six minutes remaining, Saint Mary’s Anders Engerbretsen cut past DU’s A.J. Fuller on the goal line and positioned his shot precisely in the upper left 90 corner to put the Gaels on the board first.
Denver (4-4-0,0-0-0 Summit League) controlled the majority of possession throughout the first half holding a 7-2 shot advantage over Saint Mary’s (2-3-2, 0-0-0 West Coast Conference).
Denver’s most promising chances came from Brazil native and junior forward Andre Shinyashiki and redshirt junior center back Scott DeVoss. Shinyashiki posted a lethal strike on frame in the 11th minute of the opening half, but the Saint Mary’s goalie got a hand on the shot.
DeVoss finished a lost ball from the six yard line off a scramble sequence that was later taken back due to an initial foul just ahead of the DeVoss’ chance.
The Gaels returned fired up in the second half whereas the Pioneer’s rhythm appeared disoriented; struggling to build up chances into the attacking third. Saint Mary’s doubled up their shot advantage over Denver 4-2.
The teams combined to commit 13 fouls in the opening half which escalated to 23 total fouls by the end of the match.
The match was played at a fast tempo, yet neither team could maintain a strong grasp of possession. Another loss for the Pioneers won’t demolish DU’s chances at finishing in the College Cup in Philadelphia as the in-conference portion of the season has yet to begin, but the Pioneers are desperately in need of a confidence boost they haven’t needed in past seasons.
For their next match, Denver will travel to St. Louis University to play St. Louis on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.
Denver men’s soccer (3-3-0) and women’s volleyball (6-2) both went undefeated in August and looked to continue their dominance on the pitch and on the court in September.
Then, DU volleyball lost twice and men’s soccer dropped 3 out of 4 matches. Granted, both programs were felled under vastly different circumstances. Men’s soccer is considered a national Top-10 ranked power while Denver volleyball is an emerging program trying to make a statement after a 6-0 start. Continue reading Enduring defeat a part of most Championship Runs
Photo: The DU grounds crew spent long hours preparing for the opening of fall sports. (L to R) Landscape Manager Doug Rightmire, Horticulture Technician Todd Mickelson, Irrigation Technician Paul Rightmire, Groundskeeper John Maes and seasonal support Jacob Hartman.
As DU fall sports began several weeks ago, one DU team was in mid-season form. The DU grounds crew was working overtime to deliver some of the best practice and game venues in Division I Athletics. If you attend soccer games at CIBER Field, lacrosse games at Peter Barton Stadium, or play intramural athletics on Diana Wendt Sports Field, you know that the Pioneer facilities and grounds are impeccably maintained. Continue reading DU’s grounds crew delivers for Pioneer teams & fans
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It hadn’t happened since October of 2014. The #4 Denver men’s soccer program had gone 37 straight regular season matches without a loss. But last night, that streak came to an end as Furman’s Danny Kierath beat Pioneer goalkeeper Nick Gardner in the 109th minute. Continue reading Denver men’s soccer streak snapped by Furman in extra time
A whopping 26 fouls were committed in Monday night’s hostile match between The [3/4] University of Denver Pioneers and the [16/18] University of Akron Zips on Monday, Aug. 28. The Pioneers rose victorious in the grueling match extending their regular season unbeaten streak to 37 games.
Denver (2-0-0, 0-0-0 Summit League) edged Akron (0-2-0, 0-0-0 Mid American Conference) a historically elite program, with a score of 1-0. Continue reading Denver Edges Akron 1-0 in Scrappy Match