Photo courtesy Denver Athletics
The University of Denver Pioneers women’s soccer program is going back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013 thanks to the 85th minute heroics of senior forward Angelica Pacheco. Her goal gave the Pioneers a 2-1 lead after North Dakota State had tied it at 1 just minutes before on a penalty kick. The Pioneers bled out the rest of the clock to clinch the 2017 Summit League title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Denver men’s and women’s soccer both punch postseason tickets
DU women’s soccer traveled to Fargo, North Dakota for the Summit League playoffs. After finishing 5-2 in league play, Denver (#2 seed) was tied with Oral Roberts (#3 seed) and North Dakota State (#4), all three with two league losses. South Dakota State is the #1 seed with a 7-0 mark.
In blustery, freezing temperatures in Fargo, North Dakota senior Jessie Dancy scored Denver’s first goal one minute into the contest against Oral Roberts University. Her goal was assisted by senior forward Angelica Pacheco. That goal held up the other 89 minutes for the win. ORU had several good opportunities to score the equalizer but failed to capitalize. Continue reading Early Goal Propels Denver Women’s Soccer to Summit Finals
Photo: DU men’s soccer and women’s volleyball have a good chance for Summit League championships and NCAA repeat appearances this Fall.
It just feels different this year.
Maybe it was the men’s soccer (8-6-0, 3-0-0) 37-game regular season unbeaten streak being snapped, the women’s soccer team (8-8-1, 4-2-0) getting throttled by rival CU 6-1 at home or women’s volleyball (15-5, 6-2) falling at home during the Denver Invitational championship finals against San Diego State. Plus, it feels like there have been scheduling gaps where DU teams and fans can’t get into a rhythm. Continue reading Stretch Run Opens Possibilities for Fallpeat
Photo: Denver fell to CU Saturday night, 6-1, in front of 817 people at CIBER Field
DU women’s soccer fell victim to quick goals to open each half and a second half implosion to fall to the University of Colorado 6-1. The loss pulled Denver under .500 (3-4-1) and likely handed the visitors the Colorado Cup. The Colorado Cup scoring system awards 3 points for a win and a point for each goal scored. So, CU’s huge 9 point evening will most certainly hand state bragging rights to the Buffs.
The Pioneers went into the match without their number one keeper, Brittany Wilson, following a red card suspension from the prior match against Gonzaga for dangerous play – a horrendous call. Nonetheless, the Pioneers had little chance against the Buffs, giving up a whopping 15 shots, nine of which came in the second half when the roof caved in on the Pioneers. Denver allowed 5 goals in the second half in defeat.
Continue reading Denver women’s soccer squanders great opportunity
Photo: Last match, DU women’s soccer dropped a heartbreaker to Gonzaga 2-1 at CIBER Field
Denver women’s soccer started the season strong, going 3-1-0 with three wins against Northern Colorado and then Air Force and Colorado State University in the Colorado Cup. The Denver program, which had started slowly after terrible nonconference starts over the past two years, was poised to have an outstanding year. The Summit League coaches even tabbed the squad as the Summit League favorite.
Then, the team went to 1-3-1 over their next five matches, scoring one goal in each of their three losses and two goals in the tie and dropped to a 3-3-1 record. Continue reading Pioneer women’s soccer faces critical match against in-state rival
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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Photo: Denver women take the field in Vail against Northern Colorado Monday afternoon. Denver won the opener in the 88th minute, 1-0, on a goal by freshman Maya Roston.
For the longest time, Denver women’s soccer was DU’s featured Fall sport, reaching a peak in 2013 when they completed a 20-2-1 season. That season ended with a first round NCAA Tournament loss to Colorado at CIBER Field in front of 1,394 fans. The following February, USA Today named DU as one of the top 10 places to play women’s soccer.
It seemed like the sky was the limit for the Pioneers. Continue reading Denver women’s soccer at a crossroads
Photo Courtesy University of Denver Magazine
LetsGoDU friend CD Dunks reminds us that there is no need to use the term ‘mid-major’. And the same goes for ‘secondary sport’ – i.e. any sport that is not called football or Power-Five conference basketball. The big question is: Has Peg Bradley-Doppes simply built one of the finest athletic department in the land? Continue reading Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status
When Denver centerback Kortne Ford (above/Photo by David Grooms) carved open the Clemson backline to convert Alex Underwood’s cross to score the game-winning goal in Dec.2’s NCAA Soccer Quarterfinal with a minute left in the game to book a first-ever DU berth in the College Cup, it set off a big celebration for every Pioneer fan.
I would argue that it may have been one of DU’s greatest collegiate sporting achievements of all time. Here’s why: Continue reading Puck Swami: Is the men’s soccer team making the 2016 College Cup DU’s greatest sporting achievement?