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Denver Drops Colorado Derby Clash in Extra Time

Sept. 17, 2016

Colorado 1-0 Denver (Evans 100’) | Colorado Cup Central | Photos

BOULDER, Colo. – The University of Denver women’s soccer program held Colorado scoreless for 99 minutes, but CU’s Danica Evans got on the end of a scrum in the box in the 100th minute to send the Buffs to a 1-0 win in both teams' final match of the Colorado Cup on Saturday afternoon at Prentup Field. 

“We played well and put ourselves in a position to win today,” head coach Jeff Hooker said. “We had some good looks at goal, but the chances that we had we just didn’t take well. We didn’t have that one player to step up and finish today. It bit us at the end, not being able to clear the ball out of our penalty area, and they made us pay for it.”

The Pioneers had a good bit of the play in the opening 10 minutes, but the balance shifted back and forth through the half, an opening 45 minutes that saw Colorado outshoot the Pioneers 10-5.  


 

 

DU had a red card shout in the 26th minute as the Buffs were lining up for a corner to bring a temporary stoppage to play. A Colorado player appeared to make contact with the face of freshman centerback Cheyenne Shorts (Denver, Colo.). Referee Brad Jensen stopped play, had a word with both players but did not produce a card. Head coach Jeff Hooker was later booked in the 30th minute for dissent.

Under the new NCAA rules, the play could have been reviewed, but unlike TV games and streams at CIBER, Prentup Field is not setup to accommodate the new NCAA instant replay. 

Senior Cassidy Rey (Arcadia, Calif.) made six saves in her 45 minutes of action before being relieved at the intermission by freshman Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.). 

Both teams created chances in the second half. Wilson was up to the task twice and CU goalkeeper Jalen Tompkins made three saves to send the match into extra time. 

Evans’ goal in extra time was her fourth of the season. 

Up Next:
Denver heads to Provo to take on BYU before begenning Summit League play the following week at Western Illinois. 

“I didn’t think we were great for 90 minutes today, but we were good in spurts,” Hooker said. “We need to show up and play the entire 90, and play more consistent, when we get to our matches in Summit League play. We have to put some of our chances away and end matches like this with a regulation win instead of an extra time loss.”

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