Denver Drops 2-0 Match at South Dakota State
Pioneers return home for final weekend of the regular season beginning Friday against Fort Wayne (6 p.m.)
Oct. 23, 2016
BROOKINGS, S.D. – The University of Denver women’s soccer team fell 2-0 to league-leaders South Dakota State on Sunday afternoon at Fishback Soccer Park.
“The difficult part of today was losing a game on a mental error by not paying attention on our corner kick assignments one time during the match,” head coach Jeff Hooker said. “The second goal with a few seconds left I'm not worried about, but to fight that hard on the road and lose in that fashion is not what I would expect from this group. We can't expect to take mental breaks during the game when the ball is out and that's exactly what we did today.
“Brittany was outstanding today especially in the first half, as we had a different back line today that did a decent job of limiting scoring chances. She had several decisions to make and I thought she handled them all very well.”
Denver (6-9-1, 3-2-1 Summit) was without first-choice freshman centerback Cheyenne Shorts (Denver, Colo.) who was sent off in the 14th minute in Denver’s 1-0 loss to Oral Roberts on Thursday. Sophomore Cristiana Behnken (Ogden, Utah) made her first start of the season and the 17th in her career in Shorts’ place. Freshman Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) made her sixth career start between the pipes for the Pioneers on Sunday.
After a scoreless first half that saw Wilson called upon to make four saves, the Jackrabbits (10-6-1, 5-2-0 Summit) got the breakthrough in the 58th minute on Nicole Hatcher’s sixth of the season. SDSU’s Madison Yueill played a short corner to Shelby Raper, who played a low cross into the box for a one-touch finish.
SDSU doubled its advantage late, scoring with 10 seconds to go on the clock on another set piece from Yueill. The corner kick was deflected in the box, but fell to the feet of Poole, who finished her strike into the upper-90 from the top of the box.
With the other results today, Denver dropped to a tie for fourth in the Summit League standings with Omaha, but both Denver and the Mavs have a game in hand on all three teams ahead of them. DU and Omaha will square off on Sunday at CIBER Field on the final day of the regular season.
Denver returns to CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium to wrap-up the 2016 regular season. The Pioneers will host Fort Wayne next Friday at 6 p.m., before hosting Omaha for Senior Day on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT (Altitude TV).
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