Category Archives: Men’s Soccer

Denver Slips by Fort Wayne Behind Shinyashiki’s Brace

Andre Shinyashiki did it again. On a damp, cool evening at CIBER Field, Shinyashiki gave the Pioneers (10-0-2, 2-0-1 Summit) a 1-0 second half lead with his 20th goal of the season. Then, in the final minutes, as the Mastodons (6-5-1, 0-2-0 Summit) pressed for the equalizer, Shinyashiki converted his 21st goal on a counter-attack dagger.

The Pioneers controlled midfield the first half but could not create a successful scoring opportunity. However, ten minutes into the second half, Andre Shinyashiki scored after
Stefan DeLeone stole the ball from a Mastodon defender and sent a thru ball to Jacob Stensson and over to Shinyashiki for the left foot finish.

The Pioneers continued to press offensively until midway through the final period when Fort Wayne started to create scoring opportunities. The Pioneers fell back into their own defensive end as Fort Wayne pressed their players forward, controlled the ball and generated six corner kicks in the final 20 minutes.

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A steady rain fell during the second half of the contest

But, with 2:11 to go, DU struck on the counter. DU’s Destan Norman sent a fast break pass to a streaking Andre Shinyashiki who send a shot off the keeper into the net – his 21st goal for the season. Shinyashiki now has 10 more goals than his closest NCAA scoring rival.

Denver could muster only 7 shots-on-goal for the game to 2 for the Mastodons. The story once again was Andre Shinyashiki scoring all Denver’s goals. Denver continues to play with fire when protecting 1-goal leads and pulling midfielders and backs deep into their own end but Franks has confidence in his defense. It has been six games with only one Pioneer player scoring (DeLeone) other than Andre Shinyashiki – and that must be a concern for Coach Franks and his staff as well.

Will Palmquist started in goal for the Pioneers for his second consecutive match and earned his second consecutive shutout win. Kenny Akamatsu did not play for Denver.

The Pioneers have a big non-conference match against Virginia on Monday, October 8th in Charlottesville, Virginia at 4:00 pm mountain time.

Denver Downs Creighton with Golden Goal, 1-0

Photo: Courtesy of Omaha World Herald

It looked all night like Denver (#5, 9-0-2) was playing for a 0-0 tie against the Creighton Bluejays (#8, 7-2-1) in Omaha, Nebraska. But DU’s Stefan Deleone had a different idea. In the second overtime, he scored a golden goal (104:40) when a Bluejays defender misplayed a ball in the box and Deleone hammered home the lose ball to give the Pioneers a 1-0 road win.

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Amazing Andre Propels Pioneers to 2-1 OT Win

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The Pioneers fell behind an over-matched Tulsa Golden Hurricane squad in the first half. Harris Partain gave Tulsa the lead at 40:13. The half ended with a slight possession edge to the Pioneers. But the Pioneers could not solve goalkeeper Bryson Reed who played an outstanding game for the ‘Canes.

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It was a magical night at CIBER Field

Denver began to seize control of the game in the second half. After several outstanding scoring opportunities from the Pioneers, Shinyashiki tied the match at 61:38 with an assist from Kenny Akamatsu and Jacob Stenssen. This would give Shinyashiki an NCAA leading 18 goals for the season. While Denver dominated possession the balance of the second half, the Pioneers could not finish the contest in regulation.

Denver continued to posses the ball in the first overtime period but could not find net on several solid chances. As the time was winding down in the second ten minute overtime period, Shinyashiki struck again. With the ball sent into the Tulsa box, DU’s Liam Johnson and Stefan Deleone traded touches and the ball was sent to Shinyashiki in traffic. He buried the golden goal in the left corner of the cage for the over-time victory. This gave Andre 19 tally’s for the season – and the undefeated Pioneers move to 8-0-1 for the season. Denver out-shot Tulsa 20-6 for the night on the strength of a solid second half and double overtime.

What Pioneer fans are watching is unprecedented in DU soccer history. Shinyashiki now has the Denver single season scoring record, has 7 game-winning goals for the season and has scored all Denver’s goals in the last three games. He has more than doubled his nearest NCAA scoring rival for the season. In fact, Andre Sinyashiki has scored more goals than 93% of the 206 teams in D1 soccer – and that percentage may have grown tonight. And everyone in the stadium and on the pitch knows he is the scoring engine for Denver. Not to exaggerate – we are watching Denver soccer history in the making.

Amazing Andre.

Shinyashiki Powers Denver in 4-3 Win

Photo: Courtesy of Omaha Athletics

Denver stormed back against a two goal deficit to defeat a frustrated Omaha Mavericks side. The match featured skirmishes and ejections as Omaha’s coach Bob Warming was ejected after receiving two yellow cards.

Denver outshot the Mavs 18-9 but the pesky home-side made the most of their opportunities against a sometimes shaky Nick Gardner in goal for the Pioneers.

While Denver controlled the ball in the first half, Omaha took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Diego Gutierrez at 29:48 from the left wing who tucked the ball into the far upper left of Denver’s goal. The teams traded punches the rest of the first half with the Mavericks headed to the break with the advantage. Omaha doubled the advantage to 2-0 at 48:03 on a corner kick header by Billy Hoffman on a near-post shot into the Denver net.

Then, DU’s Andre Shinyashiki caught fire and all hell broke loose.

A minute after Hoffman’s goal, Pioneer star Andre Shinyashiki cut the lead in half with a shot from the right side of the goal, assisted by Kenny Akimatsu. Shinyashiki knotted the match a minute later with another shot from the right wing. Shinyashiki made it three goals in traffic with an inside the box tally in less than four minutes at 53:10 to give Denver the lead 3-2.

While Denver continued to control the pace, Omaha drew even at 77:39 at 3-3 on a goal by Martin Veys. Amazing Andre, not to be outdone on an incredible night, countered a minute later on a shot from the top of the box to make it 4-3, Denver. That gave Shinyashiki the Quadruple for the night – and the game winner.

With 10 minutes to go, it looked like Omaha had tied the game but an offside call from the linesman sent the Omaha players and bench into a frenzy. Omaha’s coach, Bob Warming was sent to the showers with his second yellow card of the night. Denver held on for the tough road win.

One Mav fan said it all for the home side:

Shinyashiki now leads the NCAA with an incredible 17 goals and Denver’s record moves to 7-0-1 (1-0 Summit). And an underrated Omaha squad falls to 1-5 (0-1).

Puck Swami’s Guide to 2018-2019 DU Sports Fan Road Trips

Traveling to watch Pioneer Sports is one of the great joys of life.  Photo: Aviation Stackexchange

While not all of DU’s teams have announced their 2018-2019 schedules yet, we know just enough to start planning potential road trips to see our beloved Pioneers play in some of America’s most iconic destinations. If you’ve never travelled to see the Pioneers play, you are missing out on some amazing experiences.  There is a special “us against the world” feeling that comes from watching DU on the road as Pio fan, and when the team gets a road win, it can feel even more special than a home win, because the team just needs you more on the road. Here are some possibilities to help get you started, with DU men’s  hockey, basketball, soccer and lacrosse road trips, in alphabetical order by area:

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Another Shinyashiki Hat Trick Vaults #5 Pioneers over #22 San Francisco Dons, 3-0

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Senior Striker Andre Shinyashiki put on another goal scoring show with his third hat trick in just seven games as #5 DU beat #22 USF, 3-0 Sunday. Photo: University of Denver

Senior Striker Andre Shinyashiki continued his torrid scoring pace, producing all three DU goals in the fifth-ranked Pioneer men’s 3-0 sun-baked soccer shut-out demolition of the #22nd-ranked University of San Francisco Dons at DU Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 16.

The hat trick was his third such three-goal performance in this young season, as the Brazilian continues to lead the nation in goal scoring, with 13 goals in just seven games, which is already the second-most season goals in DU’s Division I history.  He also had scored twice in Friday’s 3-1 win over Harvard, and set-up the game-winner with an assist, and today notched his third-straight multi-goal game to keep the Pioneers undefeated at 6-0-1 on the season.  All three of Shinyashiki’s goals today came in the second half to blow open a 0-0 halftime tie in 92 degree heat, after the first half had seen Shinyashiki create a number of near misses. Continue reading Another Shinyashiki Hat Trick Vaults #5 Pioneers over #22 San Francisco Dons, 3-0

Shinyashiki’s Brace Powers Denver over Harvard, 3-1 

Andre Shinyashiki (Right) lines up his curling 20-yard shot in the 64th minute that would be the final DU goal in the Pios’ 3-1 victory over Harvard (Photo:University of Denver)

It was almost a perfect night at University of Denver Soccer Stadium. Harvard was in town to take on the undefeated and fifth-ranked Denver Pioneers, with a game-time temperature at 80 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. A big, buzzing school-is-back-in-session crowd nearly filled the stadium gave the night some extra verve, with the smell of $1 hot dogs everywhere.

All that was needed was a goal-scoring hero for the home team, and DU’s Brazillian senior striker Andre Shinyashiki, the leading goal scorer in NCAA Division I soccer, did his job with his pair of elegant goals to elevate the University of Denver to a 3-1 win over Harvard in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate. Continue reading Shinyashiki’s Brace Powers Denver over Harvard, 3-1 

Pioneer Men’s Soccer Edges Third-Ranked Washington Huskies, 3-2 on Shinyashiki’s Dramatic Double-OT Golden Goal

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In sports, the promise of an entire college season can be launched with a single early season victory over a ranked opponent.

And while we don’t yet know how the rest of the season will go for the University of Denver Men’s Soccer Team, if great things do happen to the Pioneers the year, they will likely look back on August 30, 2018 at Pioneer Soccer Stadium as the night they found out that they deserved to be a Top 10 soccer team. The Pioneers stormed back from a second-half deficit to shock the #3 ranked University of Washington Huskies, 3-2 in double overtime on a dramatic, walk-off golden goal from Brazilian senior striker Andre Shinyashiki. Continue reading Pioneer Men’s Soccer Edges Third-Ranked Washington Huskies, 3-2 on Shinyashiki’s Dramatic Double-OT Golden Goal

Pioneers say ‘Adios’ to Lobos in 2-2 draw – but may not be for long

The Pioneers fought to a 2-2 exhibition draw at CIBER field Wednesday night. But the Lobos may be getting a victory 400 miles to the south in Santa Fe as politicians scramble to find a long term funding solution to save the UNM men’s soccer program and three other athletic programs facing the budget ax. Continue reading Pioneers say ‘Adios’ to Lobos in 2-2 draw – but may not be for long