Denver Heads to CSU Bakersfield Thursday
Pioneers begin first of two California road trips Thursday at 8 p.m. MT
Aug. 30, 2017
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• Denver scored five goals, all in the first half, to take down visiting Albany on Sunday at Pioneer Field. Denver’s five first half goals were its most in a half since the Pioneers led 5-1 at halftime of the 2013 Summit League Championship.
• The Pioneers traveled to Denver International Airport on Wednesday for the first time this season, making the program’s first of two trips to California in the next month. DU will take on CSU Bakersfield on Thursday (8 p.m. MT) and San Diego Sunday (2:30 p.m. MT).
• DU returns home next week for its first single-game weekend of the regular season when the Pioneers welcome Gonzaga to the Mile High City. The Sunday afternoon (9/10) kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MT.
• 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 had gone to extra time in its first two matches in its Division I history. Denver opened its season with three-straight matches in extra time, drawing with UC Riverside on August 25.
• The Pioneers 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.
• Denver is unbeaten through four matches for the fifth time in its Division I history (2002, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013).
• Hannah Adler, who led Denver in goals (4) and points (12) a season ago, already has eight points in four matches in 2017, including seven points last weekend to earn Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week Honors.
• Senior Jessie Dancy leads the 2017 Pioneers in goals with four in four matches. Dancy had two career goals entering her final campaign with the Pioneers.
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 330-135-44 women’s record, and a career record of 350-147-48.
• 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 158-34-14, including 153-30-14 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).
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 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.
• With the victory against Omaha on Oct. 30, 2016, Denver claimed a share of its eighth NCAA Division I regular season league title, and its second in the Summit League (2013)...The Pioneers won the regular season in their only year in the WAC (2012) and won five regular season titles in the Sun Belt (2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010).
• The Pioneers have won eight league tournament titles in their Division I history and 2017 was their first since 2013 (Summit)...Denver won seven Sun Belt Conference Tournament Titles (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
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.