Denver and UC Riverside Share the Spoils in 2-2 Draw
The Pioneers stay home Sunday to play Albany at 12 p.m. MT on Altitude
Aug. 25, 2017
DENVER – The University of Denver women’s soccer team got goals from senior forward Jessie Dancy (Park City, Utah) and sophomore midfielder Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.), but the Pioneers dropped points for the first time this season, splitting the points with UC Riverside in a 2-2 draw on Friday night at Pioneer Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.
Dancy opened the scoring in the third minute when outside back Hannah Bricker (Fort Collins, Colo.) clipped a ball over the top of the UCR back four to the run of Dancy. The Denver senior matched her season goal total from a year ago in just the third match of the campaign, beating the goalkeeper to her left to give Denver the early advantage. Dancy’s goal was Denver’s fastest to start a game since scoring on a Colorado College own goal 50 seconds in on August 24, 2014.
Freshman Meg Halvorson (Englewood, Colo.) and senior Riley Welch (Littleton, Colo.) played a give-and-go down the right side of Denver’s attacking third to setup Denver's second goal. Halvorson got to the endline and played a cross to Adler who finished the fifth goal of her career in the eighth minute to give Denver a 2-0 lead.
UC Riverside pulled one back in the 11th minute through Quinley Quezada’s first of the season, breaking Denver’s stretch of nearly 200 minutes of shutout soccer to begin the campaign.
Denver outshot UCR 8-2 in the opening 45 minutes and took three of the match’s five corner kicks.
Riverside equalized in the 88th minute off Danielle O’brien’s first of the season, chipping one into the back of the net from just outside the 18, getting behind the Pioneers backs on a long ball from Ashley Webb.
The visitors took seven of the eight shots in extra time, but only forced sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) into one save in the final 20 minutes.
UP NEXT: Denver will close out a stretch of four-straight games in Colorado to start the 2017 campaign with a match-up against Albany on Sunday at 12 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on Altitude TV with Conor McGahey and Nicholette DiGiacomo on the call.
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