Denver Heads to Western Illinois for Regular Season Finale
Pioneers look to remain perfect in Summit League play in 2017
Nov. 1, 2017
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Junior striker Andre Shinyashiki equalized with 16 seconds left in regulation, and senior co-captain Graham Smith converted a 93rd minute penalty to keep Denver in first place in the Summit League table with a 2-1 win over Omaha.
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.
DU will head to Omaha next week to take part in the Summit League Championships. A win or a draw at Western Illinois this week will see Denver enter as the No. 1 seed. A loss to the Leathernecks and Denver will play as the No. 2 seed in next week's tournament.
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 44-8-7 as a head coach in 2+ seasons with the Pioneers.
The Pioneers are 79-25-15 since Franks' arrival as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2012 season.
Combined as a college player and coach, Franks is 178-52-32, 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 53-4-4 at home since Jamie Franks joined the staff as an assistant in 2012 and 63-16-10 since the stadium opened.
The Pioneers are 46-3-2 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 48 CAPS, all off the bench for the Pioneers. The story of Kronenberg's return was 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.
Shinyashiki scored the equalizer vs. Omaha on October 28 with 16 seconds remaining in the 90th minute, a match the Pioneers eventually won on a Graham Smith 93rd minute penalty.
Denver has allowed just four shots on goal combined in its first four Summit League matches.
In 2017, Denver has allowed just 42 shots on goal, for an average of 2.63/game.
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), a 37-match unbeaten streak, the third-most wins in NCAA soccer during their careers, three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, four-straight Summit League regular season titles and three-straight Summit League Tournament titles. This year's class enters Saturday's match with a record of 55-16-8.
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.
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