[3/4] Denver Hosts [16/18] Akron Monday at 7 p.m. MT
Pioneers conclude opening week with rare Monday fixture at Pioneer Field
Aug. 27, 2017
Denver Captains Feature
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Denver's striking partnership of Andre Shinyashiki and Blake Elder combined for three goals to send [3/4] Denver past [23/15] Florida Gulf Coast 3-1 in the season opener on Friday night at Pioneer Field. Friday marked Shinyashiki's second multi-goal season opener in his three-year career.
For the sixth time since 2012, Denver will play on a Monday (4-1), as the Pioneers welcome [16/18] Akron to the Mile High City. Monday's match will be broadcast live on Altitude with the commentary team of Conor McGahey and Chris Bianchi on the call.
The Pioneers continue their season-opening four-match homestand next Friday when Denver hosts Furman at 7 p.m. MT. Denver will host Drake 48 hours later. Both matches will be televised on Altitude (Friday on Altitude 2).
DENVER'S UNBEATEN STRETCHES
Denver enters its next match on a 36-match regular season unbeaten streak dating back to Halloween Night, 2014.
DU is the first program to go unbeaten in consecutive regular seasons since Clemson did so in 1977-78.
The Pioneers went unbeaten through the first 18 matches in 2015 for the first time since 1989 when the Pioneers started 20 matches unbeaten (19-0-1)...2015 marked the first time the Pioneers finished a Division I regular season unbeaten.
Following Maryland's loss in the 2016 NCAA Second Round, the Pioneers were the last unbeaten team in the NCAA for the second-consecutive season.
Pioneer Field (formally CIBER) at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium opened in 2009.
The 2,000 seat stadium hosts both the men's and women's soccer programs, and sits above the 10,000 square-foot Pat Bowlen Strength and Conditioning Complex.
The stadium has hosted the 2009 MPSF Men's Tournament, 2014 Summit League Men's and Women's Championships and 2015 and 2016 Summit League Men's Championship.
Pioneer Field has also hosted the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer First Round, the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Men's Soccer Second Round and the 2016 NCAA Round of 16.
Denver's men's program is 48-3-4 at home since Jamie Franks joined the staff as an assistant in 2012 and 58-14-10 since Pioneer Field opened.
The Pioneers are 41-1-2 in their last 44 matches at Pioneer Field.
HEAD COACH Jamie Franks
Former DU assistant and Wake Forest alum Jamie Franks took over the reins, officially inking his name as Denver's 10th head coach, on Aug. 29, 2015.
The Pioneers are 71-19-14 since Franks' arrival as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2012 season.
Combined as a college player and coach, Franks is 170-46-31, reaching now five College Cups and winning a National Championship with the Deacs in 2007.
According to information submitted to the NCAA in 2015, Franks was the youngest DI head coach (29) two seasons ago and was the second youngest in 2016.
GET ON THE BOARD FIRST
The Pioneers were 11-1-1 in 2014, 14-0-1 in 2015 and 18-0-0 in 2016 when scoring the first goal.
Since Franks' arrival in 2012, the Pioneers are 65-2-6 when scoring the first goal.
PIONEERS FROM ALL OVER
DU's 2017 roster has student-athletes from nine different states, Brazil, Japan and Sweden.
Two of Denver's three international players are entering their junior seasons in 2017 (Akamatsu and Shinyashiki), while Jacob Stensson arrives to the Mile High City from Sweden for his freshman season.
The Pioneers have 13 players on the roster from Colorado and three from the state of Texas.
GOAL SCORING FORM
Junior striker Andre Shinyashiki has bagged 10 goals in his last 11 competitive matches, including five game-winners and two golden goals in that span. Shinyashiki was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week twice in the final three weeks of the 2016 regular season.
Redshirt-junior Blake Elder scored in four-straight games in Denver's first homestand in 2016, his first four goals with the Crimson and Gold after transferring from Air Force after the 2014 season...Elder is the only Denver player to score in four-consecutive matches in its Division I history...Elder scored the game-winner in Denver's 2017 opener.
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