Sept. 29, 2017
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• Ryan Barlow scored twice, Alex Underwood netted a late free kick and Andre Shinyashiki created all three opportunities, as Denver earned its first road win of the season, a 3-1 result at Saint Louis on Tuesday...Barlow’s brace was the first of his career...Goalkeeper Nick Gardner made a season-high four saves in the Pioneers’ victory.
• Denver closes out its first road swing of true road matches on Saturday when the Pioneers head to Gonzaga. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. MT.
• DU will return home for its only match in a stretch of six of seven away from the University of Denver Soccer Stadium when the Pioneers begin Summit League play against Eastern Illinois on October 7 (7 p.m. MT).
GET ON THE BOARD FIRST
• The Pioneers were 11-1-1 in 2014, 14-0-1 in 2015, 18-0-0 in 2016 and 5-0-0 in 2017 when scoring the first goal.
• Since Franks’ arrival in 2012, the Pioneers are 69-2-6 when scoring the first goal.
A NEW ROAD FORM
• Denver played 11 games away from home in 2016, including the season-opening four-match road swing. Denver took 24 points away from those matches in 2016.
• The Pioneers earned 20 points from their eight matches away from DU Soccer Stadium in the 2015 campaign, including seven points against three opponents that were in the NSCAA poll at the time.
• Denver earned just one point away from home in the 2014 campaign (0-7-1) to go along with its 11-0-0 home record.
• DU will play away from home nine times in the regular season in 2017. The Pioneers earned their first road points of the campaign in a 3-1 win at Saint Louis on Sept. 26.
KRONENBERG GETS BACK ON THE SCORESHEET
• 34 months and two knee surgeries later, 2014 Denver men’s soccer leading scorer Eric Kronenberg found the back of the net for the first time since the 2014 Summit League Final on Sept. 15, 2017, firing a bullet from outside the area into the back of the net to open the scoring in Denver’s 3-0 over UC Davis.
• 1,034 days separated the two goals for the redshirt-senior, who now has 11 goals in his career in 41 CAPS, all off the bench for the Pioneers. Kronenberg is averaging a goal every 112 minutes.
• Kronenberg, who earned his fifth appearance of the season on Sept. 15, is now sixth in Denver’s Division I history in game-winning goals with five.
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 40-6-6 as a head coach in 2+ seasons with the Pioneers.
• The Pioneers are 75-23-14 since Franks’ arrival as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2012 season.
• Combined as a college player and coach, Franks is 174-50-31, 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.
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.
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 allowed just four shots on goal in the first two matches of 2017. DU also kept two cleansheets in the first four matches of the 2017 campaign.
• Denver has three shutouts through the first seven matches of the 2017 campaign.
GET IT EARLY OR LEAVE IT LATE
• Graham Smith’s 89th minute equalizer at Monmouth (8/26/16) was Denver’s latest equalizer/game-winner in regulation since Alex Tarnoczi scored a 90th minute leveler (89:33) in Denver’s 5-4 extra time win at UNLV on Oct. 16, 2011.
• Blake Elder scored an 87th minute winner on Sept. 17, 2016 vs. North Florida to break a nil-nil deadlock and send Denver to its seventh-straight win.
• Alex Underwood ’s breakthrough (1:38) at No. 25 Rutgers (8/28/16) was Denver’s second-fastest goal since 2004, behind a Scott DeVoss opener against Western Illinois in the 2015 Summit League Semifinals (1:20)...On Sept. 3, 2017, holding mid Ryan Barlow scored 1:40 into proceedings in Denver’s 2-0 win over Drake on Sept. 3, 2017.
• Andre Shinyashiki’s goal with eight seconds in the second period of extra time against New Mexico (10/19/16) is Denver’s latest goal on record in its Division I history. The DU striker also scored in extra time in Denver’s 2-1 win over Portland a year ago.
• Shinyashiki scored the game-winner in the Summit League Final with 41 seconds left in regulation on Nov. 12, Denver’s third goal in the 85th minute or later in regulation in 2016.
FIVE-STRAIGHT 10-WIN SEASONS
• The Pioneers have recorded double-digit wins in each of the five seasons since Franks’ arrival as an assistant, averaging 14 a season from 2012-16. The Pioneers reached double digits in 2016 with their win Oct. 7 at IUPUI.
• Denver last recorded 5+-consecutive double digit win seasons from 1986-1990, producing a five-season record of 78-15-8 in that span. From 2012-17, Denver has gone 73-22-14.
The Last Meeting
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October 5, 2015
[8/9] Denver Tops Gonzaga, 2-1
DENVER -- The [8/9] University of Denver men's soccer team picked up its 25th-straight home result, defeating Gonzaga 2-1 on Monday night at CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. DU's home unbeaten streak is the longest active in the country, and the 15th-longest in NCAA history.