[9/8] Denver Drops 1-0 Result to UC Irvine
Pioneers back in action Sunday against CSUN in Albuquerque
Sept. 8, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of Denver men’s soccer team fell to UC Irvine 1-0 in a neutral site match on Friday night at the UNM Soccer Complex.
“We’re obviously disappointed with the result. We waited for the last 20 minutes to play our brand, and really put the pressure on them,” head coach Jamie Franks said. “We were unlucky not to get the equalizer. Guys like Andre Shinyashiki, Blake Elder and Alex Underwood are good goal scorers, but they are just a bit unlucky not to find the back of the net at the moment.
“I believe in this team and its leaders, and those guys will find their form. Right now we’re just a bit unlucky in the attacking third, but those are the stretches you go through in this game sometimes. True character is determined by how you react in times of adversity and inconvenience, and the good news is, we get to see how the guys react when we get back out there Sunday afternoon.”
The two teams played to a scoreless opening 45 minutes in Albuquerque, with the Anteaters (3-1-1) outshooting the Pioneers (3-2-0) 4-2, and both teams taking a pair of corners.
Junior Andre Shinyashiki (Sao Paulo, Brazil) looked for the Denver equalizer in short order, but the striker’s shot was kept out by UCI’s Alex Waldron, the keeper’s first save of the match in the 64th minute.
Classmate Kenny Akamatsu (Niigata, Japan) looked to have the keeper beat in the 74th minute, but his shot was cleared off the line by an Anteater defender to keep Irvine in-front with a quarter hour to go.
Shinyashiki created two more chances in the final five minutes, having his first try blocked, and the second one saved by Waldron.
From its pressure following the Irvine breakthrough, Denver outshot UCI 11-10, and took seven of the match’s 10 corners.
Friday night’s loss breaks a stretch of 47 matches unbeaten in regulation for the Pioneers, a stretch that dated back to the 2014 NCAA First Round match against Oregon State.
UP NEXT: The Pioneers will stay in Albuquerque to take on CSUN on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. MT. Denver returns home next weekend to take on UC Davis (Sept. 15 – 7 p.m.) and Saint Mary’s (Sept. 17 – 7 p.m.).
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