[4/4] Denver Hosts Drake Sunday at 7 p.m. MT
Pioneers look to bounce back from first regular season loss since 2014
Sept. 2, 2017
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Denver dropped its first regular season match since the 2014 campaign, falling to [-/RV] Furman on Friday night at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.
The Pioneers won't have to wait long to look for a response, as Denver welcomes Drake to the Mile High City Sunday at 7 p.m. MT. Sunday's match will be live on Altitude with Bill Rogan and Chris Bianchi on the call.
Denver hits 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
Furman knocked off fourth-ranked Denver on Sept. 1 to snap Denver's 37-match regular season unbeaten streak that dated back to Halloween Night, 2014.
The setback was the first in the regular season in the head coaching career of Jamie Franks.
In 2015-2016, DU became 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.
DU was 20-0-3 before falling to No. 2 Wake Forest in the 2016 National Semifinals.
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.
Denver has played 46 matches (including the postseason) since last losing in regulation (2014 NCAA First Round at Oregon State).
The Pioneers haven't lost at home in regulation in their last 46 matches at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium, last losing in regulation to No. 21 Charlotte in the 2013 season opener.
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 49-4-4 at home since Jamie Franks joined the staff as an assistant in 2012 and 59-15-10 since the stadium opened.
The Pioneers are 42-2-2 in their last 46 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.
Franks is 37-3-6 as a head coach in 2+ seasons with the Pioneers.
The Pioneers are 72-20-14 since Franks' arrival as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2012 season.
Combined as a college player and coach, Franks is 171-47-31, 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.
OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
Denver is co-captained by Alex Underwood and Graham Smith in 2017
Underwood has 63 CAPS in his now four-year Pioneer career with 28 pts (8G-12A).
Smith has 26 CAPS with the Pioneers after transfering from Oregon State ahead of the 2016 season, scoring four goals and adding three assists.