Oct. 22, 2017
Denver 5-0 Western Illinois (Adler 7’, Barlow 41’, Halvorson 44’, Swander 75’, Dancy 80’)
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DENVER – The University of Denver women’s soccer team got three in the first and two in the second half, all from different goal scorers to send the Pioneers past Western Illinois 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.
Sophomore midfielder Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.), freshmen Macee Barlow (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Meg Halvorson (Englewood, Colo.), junior Leah Swander (Grand Junction, Colo.) and senior Jessie Dancy (Park City, Utah) scored in the match for Denver, while freshmen Brittney Lewis (Centennial, Colo.) and Maya Roston (Newport Coast, Calif.) earned assists.
“I thought from both a defensive standpoint and an attacking standpoint, we played a great team game today, and that showed with five different players on the scoresheet this afternoon,” head coach Jeff Hooker said. “We controlled the pace of the game well. Maybe we were a little shaky in the first five minutes, but that comes with the nerves and the anxiety of seniors playing in their last home game. We overcame that and did a really good job building on our lead and putting the game away.
Adler opened the scoring with her ninth goal of the season and her second game-winner of the year in the seventh minute. Dancy crossed the ball in from the right side, the ball was miss-played by a Western Illinois defender, and Adler slotted home the bouncing ball in the box from eight yards out.
Barlow scored the first goal of her career in the 41st minute, putting home a rebound off an initial shot from Lewis. Junior co-captain and outside back Mary DeWalt (West Bend, Wisc.) started the scoring chance, picking out Lewis with her cross in the middle of the box. Lewis’ try was saved by Ines Palmiero, but Barlow stayed onside, got the rebound and found of the back of the net.
Halvorson ended the first half scoring with a third goal for the Pioneers in the frame. The Denver freshman dribbled by three defenders with the ball at her feet, and smashed her fifth goal of the season into the twine to send Denver into the locker room with a three-goal advantage.
Denver continued to create chances on the other side of the intermission, eventually leading to a fourth goal in the 75th minute when Swander was pulled down in the box. The junior stepped up to the spot and sent the keeper diving to her left to score her second goal of the campaign.
The leading goal scorer in the Summit League got her 11th goal of the season, when Dancy touched the ball around substitute keeper Jennifer Currie and finished into an open net in the 80th minute to put Denver five goals up.
The Pioneers outshot Western Illinois 28-7 on the day, and put 14 of their 28 shots on target. Denver also took nine of the 12 corner kicks in the match.
In net for the Pioneers, sophomore Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) made two saves in 78 minutes to earn the victory before freshman Ali Tobey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) made a save in her third appearance of the season.
“You want to know you are in and not have any outside circumstances that you are counting on,” Hooker said on the team’s qualification into the Summit League Tournament. “To know that we are in and going to Fargo, we took care of our business and I’m happy with the day.”
Following the game, Denver honored junior Hannah Bricker (Fort Collins, Colo.-graduating early) and seniors Dancy, Angelica Pacheco (Taos, N.M.), Riley Welch (Littleton, Colo.) and co-captain Makenzie Bothner (Park City, Utah) on Senior Day.
UP NEXT: Denver will close out the 2017 regular season on Friday when the Pioneers head to Fort Wayne. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. MT.
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