Oral Roberts Defeats 10-Man Denver, 1-0
Pioneers control play despite being down a man, unable to find second-half equalizer
Oct. 20, 2016
DENVER – The University of Denver women’s soccer team suffered its first Summit League loss on Thursday night by a count of 1-0 to visiting Oral Roberts at CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.
Freshman centerback Cheyenne Shorts (Denver, Colo.) was sent off for the denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity in the 14th minute, connecting hips with Oral Roberts’ Brittney Lawrence just outside the penalty area after Lawrence had touched it by the defender, forcing referee Chris Greer to give the straight red and send Denver to 10 players.
“I thought that we started the game very well, and in the 90 minutes, other than the free kick maybe I don’t feel like we gave up any good chances,” head coach Jeff Hooker said. “We haven’t had to play with 10 with this team, and to lose Cheyenne, who’s played almost every minute for us back there, it was an adjustment for us. The thing I was most proud of, our center-mids were fantastic in the second half, and if we can play like that when we have 11 players, we’ll be tough to beat.
The Golden Eagles (8-9-1, 3-3-0 Summit) found the breakthrough in the 18th minute as Lexi Jones deflected a Cassidy Rey (Arcadia, Calif.) clearance into the back of the net for her 10th goal of the season.
Junior midfielder Riley Welch (Littleton, Colo.) provided Denver’s (6-8-1, 3-1-1 Summit) best chance to equalize in the 58th minute, beating her defender but rattling her 15-yard strike off the crossbar.
“I feel that we had the best chances of the night,” Hooker said. “We talked at halftime about creating a couple of chances with 10 men, and we got them, but we just didn’t test the keeper enough tonight. Brittany (Wilson) didn’t have to do much in the second half, besides come off her line and get a couple of balls, but we just didn’t do a good enough job on the other end getting the ball on frame.”
Rey made four saves in the first half before being lifted for freshman Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) for the final hour of the match.
The Pioneers have a couple of days off before they head to South Dakota State for a Sunday matchup at 12 p.m. MT in Brookings.
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