Game(s) of the weekend: Women’s soccer found the back of the net and captured two big road wins to start Summit League play. On Friday afternoon, DU traveled to Western Illinois and took down the Leathernecks 1-0 on a goal by midfielder Riley Welch at the 29th minute. Then, on Sunday Denver slipped by IUPUI on the road, 2-1. Denver got one goal each from Jessie Dancyand Hannah Adler. Denver overcame their season-long scoring drought and captured two big confidence building road wins to start league play. The Pioneers upped their record to 5-7-0, 2-0-0 Summit.
The 8th ranked DU men’s soccer team played the game of the weekend on Saturday in a back and forth affair with IPFW. Defensive midfielder Graham Smithscored the game’s opening goal in the first half and the final goal in the 79th minute to squeak by Fort Wayne 4-3 in DU’s Summit League opener at CIBER Field. This game was called ‘sloppy’ by head coach Jamie Franks but overall, it’s tough to call and 8-0-2 record a disappointment. Continue reading DU Weekend Sports Recap→
What is ‘the next big thing’ when it comes to DU sports?
The sport could easily be volleyball. Denver replaced successful head coach Jesse Mahoney, who left DU for the same job with the University of Colorado, with assistant coach Tom Hogan. Expect the defending champs of the Summit League to repeat again this year with a mix of veteran experience and defensive aggression – they were one of the top shot-blocking teams in the country last year. DU is coming off a 27 win-season and is poised to take the ‘next step’. Continue reading The Next Big Thing Starts Tonight→
DU head coaches Jamie Franks for men’s soccer and Tom Hogan for women’s volleyball are determined to take on the toughest schedule possible to position their squads for national recognition. This fall could be history making for both programs as they look to not only make the NCAA tournament again but take the next step.
The Pioneers are growing powers in both sports . Look as recently as last year, USA Today added DU men’s soccer as the 4th best program in the country overall – and this was before their undefeated regular season. Women’s volleyball posted impressive school-record 27 consecutive win seasons but their RPI has suffered due to strength of schedule. Both teams recently announced schedules that open up the possibility of new heights – but it won’t be easy. Continue reading Emerging Programs Signal Ambition→
Puck Swami challenged DU to put on Big Events in his article Think Big, Denver . So we have put together the LetsGoDU Big Event Super Survey. In the survey, we provide a Big Event concept and venue. Of course, we know that it takes years to work out schedules and plan such events, but we wanted to paint a picture of what it would take to create such an event that would draw local and regional interest.
Vote for your favorite option and feel free to comment with any other ideas you might have.
The LetsGoDU Big Event Super Survey ends Wednesday, March 2nd.