Denver Women’s Soccer Picked to Win Summit League

Aug. 10, 2017

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ELMHURST, Ill. (Summit/DU) – The University of Denver women’s soccer program has been picked to win the Summit League in a vote of the league’s eight head coaches, the Summit League announced on Thursday. Denver edged out both South Dakota State and North Dakota State by a single point in the poll. 

The Summit League head coaches also selected a group of Players to Watch ahead of the 2017 season. Senior captain Makenzie Bothner (Park City, Utah) and sophomores Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.) and Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) made the 11 player list. The Denver trio all earned major awards at the Summit League Postseason Banquet a year ago. Bothner was tabbed the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, Adler earned Freshman of the Year honors and Wilson was named the Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year. 


 

 

Rank

School

Points (FPV)

2016 Record (SL)

1.

Denver

41 (1)

8-9-2 (5-2-1, 16 pts.)

2.

South Dakota State

40 (2)

10-7-4 (5-3-0, 15 pts.)

North Dakota State

40 (2)

10-8-1 (5-2-1, 16 pts.)

4.

Oral Roberts

39 (3)

11-9-2 (5-3-0, 15 pts.)

5.

South Dakota

22

5-13-1 (4-4-0, 12 pts.)

Omaha

22

5-11-3 (3-4-1, 10 pts.)

7.

Western Illinois

12

4-11-2 (2-5-1, 7 pts.)

8.

Fort Wayne

8

3-14-2 (0-6-2, 2 pts.)

 Summit League Players to Watch

Hannah Adler, Denver – M, So.
Makenzie Bothner, Denver – D, Sr.
Madeline Edwards, Western Illinois – F, R-Jr.
Holly Enderle, North Dakota State – F, Jr.
Paityn Fleming, Fort Wayne – M, Jr.
Nicole Hatcher, South Dakota State – F, Sr.
Lydia Holtmann, Omaha – M, Sr.
Lexi Jones, Oral Roberts – M, Sr.
Katlin Ptacek, South Dakota – D, Sr.
Maggie Smither, South Dakota State – GK, So.
Brittany Wilson, Denver – GK, So.
 

Denver’s Summit League Preseason Poll History

Year

Preseason Poll

Voting Point Gap

Regular Season Finish

2017

1

+1

2016

4

-18

T-1st

2015

1

+3

5th

2014

1

+9

T-2nd

2013

1

+10

1st

 #SummitWSOC Preseason Notes

  • The Summit League returns all five individual award honorees (Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Goalkeeper, Freshman, and Coach of the Year). The league also welcomes two new head coaches in 2017, Tim Walters of Omaha and Brock Thompson of South Dakota State.
  • Denver retains a strong core for the 2017 season, anchored by outside back Makenzie Bothner, goalkeeper Brittany Wilson, and midfielder Hannah Adler. Last year, the Pioneers allowed a league-low four goals during the regular season, including a second-best four shutouts.
  • SDSU looks to make it four consecutive Summit League tournament appearances with two 2016 First Team All-Summit and two All-Freshman award winners returning. Goalkeeper Maggie Smither was named MVP of The Summit League tournament after posting a shutout in the championship game. She allowed just four goals in 2016, good for a Summit League record 0.34 goals against average.
  • NDSU has had a piece of the regular season title for the past two years, but is looking for its first Summit League tournament title since 2010. The Bison return three Summit League award honorees in Holly Enderle, Monica Polgar, and Mariah Haberle.
  • 2016 Coach of the Year Roger Bush and Offensive Player of the Year Lexi Jones look to improve upon Oral Roberts’ 11-9-2 (SL: 5-3-0) record in the new year. The Golden Eagles return a promising offensive set and two All-Freshman selections in Nelly Mamabolo and Brooklyn Eardley.
  • South Dakota knocked off both regular season co-champion North Dakota State and tournament champion South Dakota State in the 2016 regular season. The Coyote defense is headed by returning Second Team All-Summit selection Katlin Ptacek, who also helped the squad earn the program’s first birth to The Summit League tournament in 2015.

#SummitWSOC Schedule Notes

  • The 2017 season officially begins Aug. 18 with the league schedule kicking off Sept. 28.
  • The season-opening weekend will feature 15 games with Summit League members, including two competitions involving 2018 Summit League conference member North Dakota (NDSU vs. North Dakota 8/18, Western Illinois at North Dakota 8/20).
  • Oral Roberts will host SDSU on Oct. 22 in a rematch of last season’s championship match.
  • The top four regular-season finishers will qualify for The Summit League Women’s Soccer Championship, held in Fargo, N.D., Nov. 2 and 4. 

ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague. 

UP NEXT:

Denver hosts Texas Tech in the Pioneers’ final exhibition ahead of the 2017 season on Saturday at 6 p.m. MT at Pioneer Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. 

SEASON TICKETS:

Season tickets for the 2017 Denver men’s and women’s soccer seasons can be purchased for $55 online by clicking here. The two programs will combine to host 17 regular season home games this fall. For all Denver Athletics ticket inquires, call 303-871-GOAL (4625). 

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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