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Denver Advances to Summit League Final


Nov. 2, 2017

[2] Denver 1-0 [3] Oral Roberts (Dancy 1') | Photos 

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FARGO, N.D. - Summit League Offensive Player of the Year Jessie Dancy (Park City, Utah) scored in the first minute and sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) kept her fifth cleansheet of the season to book second-seeded Denver's ticket to Saturday's Summit League Final with a 1-0 win over third-seeded Oral Roberts on Thursday afternoon at Dacotah Field.


"After the early goal, we really just needed to find a way to manage the game," head coach Jeff Hooker said. "You know you don't really have to extend yourself going forward, so we just tried to be a little more conservative than maybe we set out to be today. In the second half, I think playing conservative may have hurt us a bit, and we ended up having to change formations to be able to match-up with their numbers. Credit our defense for seeing the game out, and now we're on to Saturday."

Senior Angelica Pacheco (Taos, N.M.) started the scoring opportunity on the Denver breakthrough, getting free down the right channel, before playing a cross into the area. The cross was deflected by an Oral Roberts defender and fell to the feet of Dancy inside the six-yard box, and the senior made no mistake in finishing her 13th goal of the season.

The Dancy opener was Denver's earliest goal in a match since the Pioneers scored 50 seconds in against Colorado College on August 24, 2014. Dancy's 13th goal of the year is the most in a season in a Denver uniform since Nicholette DiGiacomo scored 13 and Kristen Hamilton scored 14 times in the 2013 season.

Wilson made an impressive diving save to her left in the 29th minute, her only save of the half to send Denver into the locker room a goal ahead.

Oral Roberts did outshoot the Pioneers 8-3 in the second half, but Denver's defense limited the quality of those opportunities for the team's sixth shutout of the season.

Thursday afternoon's win is Denver's 10th of the season, its first double digit win season since 2014, and its 15th since turning Division I in the 1998 season. The victory was also Denver's first in a league tournament since defeating IUPUI in the Summit League Semifinals in 2014.

UP NEXT: Denver will take on hosts and fourth-seeded North Dakota State in the Summit League Final on Saturday at 11 a.m. MT. The winner of Saturday's match will earn the automatic bid into next week's NCAA Tournament.

"Heading into the final, we really need to just manage our bodies in the next 48 hours. We had a couple injured today that didn't get much time. Getting them on the field for Saturday will be a big help for us. The elements got the better of us at the end, but you have to be in the final to win the final, and we're in the final. We did a good job of bending a bit but not breaking in the last five minutes, and I thought that Brittany Wilson did an excellent job managing us in the back today."

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