Denver Drops Road Opener 2-1 at CSU Bakersfield
The Pioneers will continue their first road trip of the campaign Sunday at 2:30 p.m. MT at San Diego
Aug. 31, 2017
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Sophomore Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.) found the back of the net in the third minute, but the University of Denver women’s soccer team conceded a second half equalizer and a goal in extra time to fall to CSU Bakersfield 2-1 in the Pioneers road opener on Thursday night at the Main Soccer Field.
Denver (3-1-1) has now played in four extra time matches in their first five of 2017. With the win, the Roadrunners improve to 3-2-0 on the campaign.
“I thought that we moved the ball really well, and our spacing was great early in the match,” head coach Jeff Hooker said. “It was a great little finish from Hannah to get us another early goal. I thought that we slowly let our foot off the gas, but we finished the half out super well. We didn’t give up many dangerous chances, and we probably created the most dangerous chance in the match. But that’s soccer. I thought we backed off the ball too much in the second half and didn’t fight quite enough to earn a win tonight.”
Adler’s fourth goal of the season, and her fourth in three matches, came off an assist from Denver’s co-leading goal scorer Jessie Dancy (Park City, Utah). Senior midfielder Riley Welch (Littleton, Colo.) played a cross into the box from the left to start the scoring chance. Dancy controlled the ball in from Welch and Adler ran onto the loose ball, finding the back of the net from 12 yards out to give the Pioneers the lead in the third minute.
Denver has scored in the first six minutes in each of the last three matches. Adler’s goal is the eighth of the sophomore’s career.
The Pioneers outshot the Roadrunners 5-4 in the opening 45 minutes, putting three of their five shots on target. Sophomore Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) made back-to-back saves within 1:18 of eachother in the 21st and 22nd minutes, the only two saves she was called on to make in the first half.
CSU Bakersfield evened up the score in the 55th minute off a headed goal by Kamari Hines. After Wilson parried a Claire Nelson shot over the bar to force a corner, Aryana Harvey served a corner kick to the head of Hines, who finished her second goal of the season into the right side of the net.
Following the leveler, neither team forced a difficult save out of the other goalkeeper in the rest of normal time. CSUB had a 15-9 edge in shots heading into extra time, and the home side took seven of the match’s 10 corners in regulation.
CSUB continued to put the pressure on the Pioneers in the first period of extra time, eventually finding the winner in the 97th minute. Aminah Settles beat Denver’s back four down the right side, and played a dangerous cross on the edge of the six-yard box to the darting run of Hinesfor the winner.
UP NEXT: Denver will continue the first of two California road trips when Denver takes on San Diego on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. MT. The Pioneers will return home next weekend to take on Gonzaga September 10 at 12 p.m. MT.
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