Denver Welcomes Omaha Saturday at 7 p.m. MT
Battle of two 2016 co-regular season champs clash at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium this weekend
Oct. 26, 2017
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• Redshirt-freshman Will Palmquist made six saves and kept a cleansheet in his collegiate debut and Denver outshot its old MPSF rival New Mexico 13-11 in a 0-0 draw on Wednesday night in Albuquerque.
• Denver will host a match-up of the two 2016 Summit League co-regular season champions on Saturday when the Pioneers welcome Omaha to the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast live on Altitude 2 with Conor McGahey and Chris Bianchi on the call.
• The Pioneers will close out the 2017 regular season on the road when Denver heads to Western Illinois on Nov. 4. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. MT.
• This year’s senior class helped lead the program to its first College Cup in program history in 2016, back-to-back undefeated regular seasons (2015-16), the first program to do that since 1977-78 (Clemson), three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and three-straight Summit League regular season and tournament titles. This year’s class enters Saturday’s match with a record of 54-16-8.
• Prior to the match, Denver will honor former Pioneer Kortne Ford and current seniors Blake Elder, AJ Fuller, Alex Underwood and Graham Smith.
WORK IN THE CLASSROOM
• The Denver men’s soccer program topped the grade point average rankings according to the United Soccer Coaches’ Association for the second-consecutive year in 2016-17. Denver finished with a 3.619 grade point average last year to finish with the highest Division I GPA among the 205 NCAA programs in the top division of college athletics.
• In 2015-16, the Pioneers turned in a 3.49 grade point average.
• Last November, two-time captain Sam Hamilton became the athletic department’s 52nd CoSIDA Academic All-American, including the fifth in the men’s soccer program’s history.
• Following 2016-17, Hamilton earned Summit League Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
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 43-8-7 as a head coach in 2+ seasons with the Pioneers.
• The Pioneers are 78-25-15 since Franks’ arrival as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2012 season.
• Combined as a college player and coach, Franks is 177-52-32, reaching now five College Cups and winning a National Championship with the Deacs (07).
• 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.
TOP DRAWER SOCCER MIDSEASON TOP 100
• Junior striker Andre Shinyashiki (#41) and senior co-captain Alex Underwood (#80) were named to the Top Drawer Soccer Midseason Top 100, the publication released last week. Now 14 games into the season, Shinyashiki has 20 pts (8G-4A) and Underwood has six out of the Denver midfield (2G-2A).
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 52-4-4 at home since Jamie Franks joined the staff as an assistant in 2012 and 62-16-10 since the stadium opened.
• The Pioneers are 45-3-2 in their last 50 matches at home.
GET ON THE BOARD FIRST
• The Pioneers were 11-1-1 in 2014, 14-0-1 in 2015, 18-0-0 in 2016 and 8-1-0 in 2017 when scoring the first goal.
• Since Franks’ arrival in 2012, the Pioneers are 72-3-6 when scoring the first goal.
• Denver lost 2-1 in extra time at Gonzaga on Sept. 30, Denver’s first setback from a winning position since the 2014 campaign (October 6, 2014 - at Bradley).
• DU hasn’t lost at home after scoring the first goal since a 2-1 loss to UMKC on Oct. 10, 2009.
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 12 goals in his career in 47 CAPS, all off the bench for the Pioneers. The story of Kronenberg’s return will be featured at halftime on Altitude on October 28.
• Kronenberg scored his second goal of the 2017 campaign on Oct. 7 against Eastern Illinois, the lone goal in the Pioneers’ Summit League opener.
• Kronenberg, is now sixth in Denver’s Division I history in game-winning goals with six.
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.
• Denver has allowed just two shots on goal combined in its first three Summit League matches.
• In 2017, Denver has allowed just 40 shots on goal, for an average of 2.67/game.
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