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Denver Falls in Extra Time in Summit League Opener

Sept. 29, 2017

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Denver 1-2 South Dakota State (Dancy 5', Hatcher 48', Schulz 96') | Photos

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DENVER - The University of Denver women's soccer team took a fifth-minute lead with Jessie Dancy's (Park City, Utah) seventh goal of the campaign, but Marisa Schulz scored in extra time to earn South Dakota State a 2-1 road win in both teams' Summit League opener on Friday night at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. Dancy became the fifth different player since the 2006 season to score at least seven goals in their first 12 games of the campaign when she headed home a Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.) cross 4:44 into the match. The Denver senior joined former Pioneers Francesca Garzelloni (2013), Kristen Hamilton (2011 and 2012), Kaitlin Bast (2009 and 2010) and Taryn Hemmings (2008) on that list. Freshman holding midfielder Brittney Lewis (Centennial, Colo.) started the play, sending a cross field pass to the right to the run of Adler. The DU sophomore swung in her cross just outside the six yard box, and Dancy put her glancing header into the side netting. The Pioneers took the 1-0 lead into the locker room, but the visitors equalized quickly off Nicole Hatcher's fourth of the season. SDSU's Annie Williams played her free kick into the penalty area to an unmarked Hatcher, who finished from eight yards out. Heading into extra time, Denver nearly found the winner in the 95th minute off the foot of senior Riley Welch (Littleton, Colo.), but Maggie Smither came up with her sixth save of the night to keep the two teams level. Off a Denver corner, the Jackrabbits executed their game-winning counter attack with the final two passes coming from Darien Poelstra and Hatcher to setup Schulz' winner. UP NEXT: Denver will continue its Summit League homestand on Sunday afternoon when the Pioneers welcome North Dakota State to the University of Denver Soccer Stadium for a 12 p.m. MT kickoff. SINGLE GAME TICKETS: Single-game tickets for the remaining home matches can be purchased online by clicking here. For all Denver Athletics ticket inquires, call 303-871-GOAL (4625), or visit DenverPioneers.com. PIONEER MOVEMENT: Fans interested in making a donation to the women's soccer program can do so by clicking here. Your contribution will make a direct impact on the success of YOUR Pioneers. Thank you in advance for your unwavering support of our student-athletes and their quest for excellence.

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