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Pioneer Women’s Soccer Loses Summit Title Game on Penalty Kicks, Season Over.

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South Dakota State upset top-seeded DU for the Summit Title and and the NCAA bid on penalty kicks, ending DU’s season in gut-wrenching fashion. Photo: Summit League

The Denver Pioneers Women’s Soccer season came to a grinding, gut-wrenching halt on the frozen prairie of Brookings, South Dakota, as the Pioneers blew a 1-0 halftime lead to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. It was SDSU who equalized in the second half and then beat the Pioneers 4-2 in a penalty kick shootout to decide the Summit League Championship and the NCAA Tournament autobid that went to the winner.

Denver’s season is now over. The top-seeded (and favored) Pioneers’ (12-4-4, 7-0-1), season had started so promisingly with a 3-0 shutout of the 11th-ranked University of Texas Longhorns. And DU looked to be steamrolling down the stretch, undefeated in Summit League play and moving toward another Summit Title and NCAA berth this weekend.  Instead, they will likely take this defeat to their graves, as they watched the happy Jackrabbits celebrate their upset victory against the run of play at Fishback Soccer Park, their home field.

“I thought we just let that one get away a little bit in the second half,” DU head coach Jeff Hooker said in a massive understatement. “We dropped off a bit too much for my liking, but we were still fine. SDSU is good enough though, and if you make one mistake, they’ll make you pay. The (South Dakota State) goal was against the run of play, but [I] have to credit their ability to finish their chance.” Indeed, South Dakota State found that equalizer in the 58th minute through speedy and crafty Leah Manuleleua’s 11th goal of the season, South Dakota State’s best player.

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DU Senior Hannah Adler (19) watches her shot into the South Dakota net for DU’s only goal of the game in the first half.  It was her last college goal, and the last goal of the Pioneers’ season. Photo: Summit League.

DU Senior Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.) had scored the final goal of the DU season, in her last Pioneers game, in the first half, on a Sami Feller  36th-minute breakthrough. Feller played the ball into junior forward Macee Barlow (Las Vegas, Nev.) who had just entered the game, at the top of the 18. Barlow turned and slipped in Adler, who took a touch further to her right and cut her strike back across the goal and inside the near post. Barlow’s assist was her second of the season and the third of her career. The goal for Adler was her fifth of the season and the 25th and last of her Pioneer career.

Denver controlled most of the play following the Jackrabbits equalizer. Senior outside back Mary DeWalt (West Bend, Wis.) had a similar chance in the 90th minute to her game-winner on Senior Sunday six days ago at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium, but a rough bounce off a poor surface came up the outside back’s foot and sailed over the bar. The Pioneers controlled play in the overtime session as well, but weren’t able to find the winner, sending the match to penalty kicks.

Denver’s two penalty kick takers from the regular season both converted in Natalie Beckman (Denver, Colo.) and freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Glover (Englewood, Colo.), but SDSU converted on four of its five attempts to send the home side to the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

DU had five seniors play their final college game – Adler, goalie Brittany Wilson, defender  Cheyenne Shorts, defender Heather Turcios, and defender Mary DeWalt.

DU Wins Title in 2-1 Victory over South Dakota State University

Photos & Interview: Courtesy of Jason Evans. DU’s Sami Feller fights through SDSU defenders.

DU rewarded head coach Jeff Hooker on his 600th game with a 2-1 victory over South Dakota State University (14-4-1, 6-1-1 Summit League) at Diane Wendt Field Thursday night. The win leaves Denver at 9-4-3 overall and 6-0-1 in the Summit League with the tiebreaker advantage against South Dakota State for the regular season conference title. The win also rewarded Denver with a number one seed for next week’s conference tournament in Brookings, S.D. as well as hosting honors for next season’s conference tournament. Continue reading DU Wins Title in 2-1 Victory over South Dakota State University

Women’s Soccer Win Earns Thursday Showdown, Volleyball Sweeps

Photos & Interviews: Courtesy of Jason Evans

DU women’s soccer (4-0-1 Summit League) out-shot (39-1) an over-matched Fort Wayne squad in a lopsided 4-0 victory at chilly CIBER Field. Head coach Jeff Hooker was glad his team kept the focus on the field of play and not the weather, “The elements were a factor today. We did a really good job of putting that aside”. Continue reading Women’s Soccer Win Earns Thursday Showdown, Volleyball Sweeps

Final Fall Stretch Features Optimism and Desperation

Denver Men’s Soccer (2-9-2, 0-2-1 Summit League) find themselves in an unusual position following a Saturday 1-0 OT loss to Oral Roberts on the road. They may miss their own hosted Summit League tournament unless they win their next two games against Omaha and Fort Wayne. Currently, Denver is mired near the bottom of the standings with Eastern Illinois (0-1-2) and Purdue Fort Wayne (0-3-0). DU must pass both teams in the next two games to finish in fourth place and qualify for the conference tournament in Denver from November 14th-16th. By any measure, this would be a shocking result. Continue reading Final Fall Stretch Features Optimism and Desperation

Denver Ices Western Illinois, 3-0

A fast moving winter storm dumped 4-5 inches of snow in Denver Thursday so the women’s Denver (5-4-3, 1-0-1) versus Western Illinois (6-6-1, 2-1-0 Summit League) soccer match was moved to the Diane Wendt complex’s artificial turf. The match was played in 20 degree temperatures but the Pioneers heated up with two goals in the first half, en route to a 3-0 victory. The Pioneers dominated the frosty evening with 9 shots-on-goal to the Leathernecks 0. Continue reading Denver Ices Western Illinois, 3-0

Weekend featured scoring drought, solid nonconference finale, and road split

The greatest surprise of the fall season has been DU men’s soccer (1-5-2) scoring just four goals in nine matches. At this pace, at the end of the regular season, they will be sitting with 9 goals, well below their 10-year 30.7 goals per season average. The two lowest-scoring seasons in the last ten years have been 2009 and 2017 when the Pioneers found net 25 times. And, last season behind Andre Shinyashiki’s 28 goals, Denver had their highest goal output. Saturday’s 0-0 draw against conference foe Eastern Illinois leaves the Pioneers 0-0-1 in Summit League regular season play. Continue reading Weekend featured scoring drought, solid nonconference finale, and road split

Weekend featured amazing win, heartbreaking losses as conference schedules loom

DU’s Fall teams returned home this past weekend with mixed results. Women’s soccer (3-4-1) was coming off three straight road losses and fell 2-0 to the Colorado Buffaloes at home. Men’s soccer (1-5-1) also returned to CIBER Field for their home opener needing a confidence-building win against #8 SMU – and fell in a gut-wrenching 2-1 OT loss. Women’s volleyball (8-4) had dropped three consecutive matches, all on the road, but won a 5-set barn burner in Hamilton Gym against Santa Clara on Friday night and cruised by Montana the next day in three straight games. Continue reading Weekend featured amazing win, heartbreaking losses as conference schedules loom

Pioneer soccer teams return to Denver Saturday night

With an easy pre-conference schedule, head men’s soccer coach Jamie Franks could have padded his gaudy 61-12-10 career record this season, likely dominated the Summit league during league play and playoffs, and advanced one game into the NCAA Tournament before being bounced out. Instead, Franks has plans on hardening this season’s squad for the knockout rounds of the NCAAs. Continue reading Pioneer soccer teams return to Denver Saturday night

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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