Denver Hosts UC Riverside Friday at 5 p.m. MT
Pioneers look to build on opening weekend success in two-match homestand this weekend
Aug. 23, 2017
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• The Pioneers defeated Air Force and Colorado State both by a count of 1-0 in extra time last weekend, Denver’s best start to a season since the 2013 Pioneers started 7-0-1. Senior forward Jessie Dancy and sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Wilson earned Summit League Player of the Week honors.
• Denver returns home to wrap-up a four-game stretch in Colorado to start the campaign with a second all-time meeting against UC Riverside on Friday night at 5 p.m. MT. The match is the first of a double header with the men’s program, who takes on Florida Gulf Coast Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
• DU will have its second quick turnaround of the season, hosting Albany Sunday at 12 p.m. MT at Pioneer Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.
• Pioneer Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium opened in 2009.
• The 2,000 seat stadium hosts both the men’s and women’s soccer programs, and sits above the 10,000 square-foot Pat Bowlen Strength and Conditioning Complex.
• The stadium has hosted the 2009 MPSF Men’s Soccer Tournament, 2014 Summit League Men’s and Women’s Championships and 2015 and 2016 Summit League Men’s Championship.
• Pioneer Field has also hosted the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Women’s Soccer First Round and the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Men’s Soccer Second Round.
• Denver’s women’s program is 55-14-3 since Pioneer Field opened.
HEAD COACH Jeff Hooker
• Denver’s Jeff Hooker is in his 26th season in charge of the women’s program. Hooker coached his 500th women’s match at DU on his 2016 regular season trip to Fargo.
• Hooker coached both the men’s and the women’s programs during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, making this officially his 28th season as a head coach at DU.
• DU’s head man enters this match with a 329-135-43 women’s record, and a career record of 349-147-47.
• The nine-time conference coach of the year will look for his 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017.
• In league play in his career, Hooker is 158-34-13, including 153-30-13 with the women’s program.
• Among active head coaches, Hooker entered the 2017 season as the 26th winningest head coach by percentage (.690) and the 15th winningest coach by victories (327).
• In the overall NCAA record books heading into this season, Hooker is the 34th winningest head coach by victories (327).
OPENING WEEKEND SUCCESS
• Denver opened its 2017 campaign with wins at home against Air Force and in a neutral site match against Colorado State in Boulder.
• Both matches were 1-0 extra time wins for the Pioneers, the first time Denver has gone to extra time in its first two matches in its Division I history.
• The Pioneers have won their first two matches for the sixth time in their Division I history and the first time since 2013 (2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013).
• DU started the 2013 campaign winners of its first seven and went unbeaten in its first eight matches.
OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
• Senior outside back Makenzie Bothner and junior midfielder Mary DeWalt will serve as captains for the 2017 Pioneers.
• Bothner was named the 2016 Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, starting all 19 matches at outside back for the Crimson and Gold a year ago, playing all but 36 minutes.
• DeWalt has made 38 appearances in her career, scoring a goal and adding four assists.
• The DU women’s program has formed a leadership group to support in the leadership with the DU captains. Redshirt-sophomore Courtney Coffey and sophomore Brittany Wilson join Bothner and DeWalt on the leadership team that was featured on Altitude August 18.
THE TWO Cs
• 14 of Denver’s 21 players are from either Colorado or California, including 11 from the state of Colorado.
• Of the two major club programs in the state of Colorado, Denver has five players from the Colorado Storm and five from Real Colorado.
• Three of Denver’s five freshmen join the program from Colorado Storm in Brittney Lewis, Taylor Parker and Meg Halvorson. Sophomore centerback Cheyenne Shorts also played with the trio during their pre-collegiate days.
• Denver’s other seven players reside from Utah (3), Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico and Wisconsin.