Aug. 30, 2017
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
A Graham Smith penalty kick was the difference in Denver's second-consecutive win over a ranked opponent as Denver defeated Akron Monday at The University of Denver Soccer Stadium. Alex Underwood played a ball over the top to the run of Jacob Hanlin, who was tripped up by the Akron goalkeeper to force the penalty.
The Pioneers will continue a four-match homestand on Friday night when Denver welcomes [-/RV] Furman to the Mile High City. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast live on Altitude 2 with Bill Rogan and Chris Bianchi on the call.
DU caps off the homestand with Drake on Sunday night at 7 p.m. MT, before hitting the road for the first time next weekend to take on UC Irvine (Sept. 8) and Cal State Northridge (Sept. 10) at New Mexico.
DENVER'S UNBEATEN STRETCHES
Denver enters its next match on a 37-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.
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER SOCCER STADIUM
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.
DU Soccer Stadium 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 49-3-4 at home since Jamie Franks joined the staff as an assistant in 2012 and 59-14-10 since the stadium opened.
The Pioneers are 42-1-2 in their last 45 matches at home.
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 72-19-14 since Franks' arrival as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2012 season.
Combined as a college player and coach, Franks is 171-46-31, 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 66-2-6 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 12 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.
DENVER'S DEFENSIVE SURGE
Denver kept 14 cleansheets in 24 matches, including 13 of the last 19 in 2016.
The Pioneers did not allow a shot in their 2-0 win over [-/RV] Saint Louis on Sept. 15, 2016, the first time the Pioneers had kept that defensive record in their Division I history.
Denver did not allow a shot on goal in five matches in 2016 (IUPUI, Eastern Illinois, North Florida, Saint Louis and Oral Roberts), including a 267 minute and 27 second stint...DU gave up just one shot at Eastern Illinois on Oct. 2, 2016.
Denver allowed three shots on goal in its entire four-game homestand in September, 2016, including zero shots on goal in the final two games.
The Pioneers have allowed just four shots on goal in the first two matches of 2017.
OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
Denver is co-captained by Alex Underwood and Graham Smith in 2017
Underwood has 62 CAPS in his now four-year Pioneer career with 28 pts (8G-12A).
Smith has 25 CAPS with the Pioneers after transfering from Oregon State ahead of the 2016 season, scoring four goals and adding three assists.