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Usen Jr.'s Second-Half Brace Sends CSUN Past [9/8] Denver

Sept. 10, 2017

[9] Denver 0-2 CSUN (Usen Jr. 61’, 74’)| Donate | Denver Ticket Office

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The [9/8] University of Denver men’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 result to CSUN on Sunday afternoon at the UNM Soccer Complex.

“We’re a bit unfortunate to have 19 shots, 21 crosses and seven corners and not get a win,” head coach Jamie Franks said. “We didn’t give up too much defensively, but at the end of the day, we need guys to make plays. Soccer is a funny sport, it doesn’t always go your way when you create those chances, and that’s what this group is going through right now.

“We’ll look to remain resilient, especially during times of adversity like this. The group will be stronger on the other side when we come out of it. I think Alex Underwood and Graham Smith are finding out a lot about themselves as they continue to develop as leaders, especially in these times, and they’ll grow from that. Like I said on Friday night, I trust in my leaders, and we’ll come out of this and be better from it.”

The two teams went into the locker room scoreless, with Denver outshooting CSUN 8-5, and forcing opposing goalkeeper Henrik Regitnig into the only four saves of the opening 45 minutes.

Emmanuel Usen Jr.’s second and third goals of the season came in the second half, seconds less than 13 minutes apart. The Matadors opener came off an assist from Daniel Trejo. Usen Jr received a pass from Trejo and smashed it into the roof of the net from 11 yards out. The CSUN goal scorer doubled the Matadors advantage in the 74th, finishing from in-tight on the right wing.

Denver took 19 of the 29 shots in the match and seven of the 10 corner kicks on Sunday afternoon.  

“I’m excited to see how we come out of this weekend and respond in training and our matches in the next 10-14 days,” Franks said. “At times this weekend we saw the Proactive Fighting Football brand of soccer that we’re looking for. We need to bring that 90 minutes every time out.” 

UP NEXT: Denver returns home next weekend to take on UC Davis (Sept. 15 – 7 p.m.) and Saint Mary’s (Sept. 17 – 7 p.m.) at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. Sunday’s match against Saint Mary’s will be streamed live on Pioneer Vision. 


 

 

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