Pioneers Host 31st Colorado Derby Saturday to Close out Colorado Cup
Denver welcomes Colorado to the University of Denver Soccer Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m. MT
Sept. 13, 2017
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• Meg Halvorson scored the second goal of her career, but Gonzaga equalized and found a winner in the final quarter hour to slide past the Pioneers 2-1 in a match that saw both teams play with 10 players for a good portion of the second half.
• DU will close out its 2017 Colorado Cup Saturday (9/16), when the Pioneers host Colorado, who is receiving votes in the top-25, at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. Denver would need to win by four goals, or a high-scoring three-goal win to take home the Colorado Cup for the first time since 2013. Otherwise, Northern Colorado will win the Colorado Cup for the first time in the seventh year of the tournament.
• The Pioneers will close out a three-match homestand on Monday when Denver welcomes Cal State Fullerton to the Mile High City. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. MT, and it will be broadcast live on Altitude.
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER SOCCER STADIUM
• 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.
• DU Soccer Stadium 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 56-15-4 since the stadium 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 330-138-44 women’s record, and a career record of 350-150-48.
• 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 41 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.
DANCY’S RECORD SETTING PACE
• After just two goals in her first three seasons as a Pioneer, senior Jessie Dancy is the first player in DU women’s soccer’s Division I history to score five goals in the program’s first six games of a regular season.
• Dancy also has an assist in 2017, and leads the team with 11 points heading into the fourth week of the season.
• Seven players scored four times in the first six matches in DU’s DI history: Kristen Hamilton (2011 and 2013), Nicholette DiGiacomo (2013), Kaitlin Bast (2010), Kalie Vaughn (2010), Jenna Billingsley (2007), Jenni Harris (2003) and Molly George (2001).
• 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 Colorado Storm teammates will be featured on Altitude during halftime of a broadcast this season.
• Denver’s other seven players reside from Utah (3), Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico and Wisconsin.
THE YOUNG 2017 CAMPAIGN
• 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 and four of its first six in extra time.
• 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 was 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 10 points in six matches in 2017, including seven points Aug. 25-27 to earn Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week Honors.
• Senior Jessie Dancy leads the 2017 Pioneers in goals with five and points with 11.
SEVENTH ANNUAL COLORADO CUP
• The tournament started with just four teams for three years between 2011-13.
• When Colorado State’s women’s program started ahead of the 2014 season, Air Force and CSU joined the tournament.
• The tournament was created by former Colorado coach and current Colorado State head coach Bill Hempen.
• Denver is 11-10 against Colorado teams since the tournament started in 2011.
• Denver won the 2013 Colorado Cup, and CU has won the other five...Had the Denver-Colorado match counted towards the Colorado Cup during the first three years, Denver would have won both the 2011 and 2012 Colorado Cups.
• Northern Colorado and Denver are the only two teams with a chance still to win the trophy in 2017. Denver would need to beat Colorado (9/16) by four goals or a high three goal win to take the trophy from UNC’s grips.