Sept. 19, 2017
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• Jessie Dancy and Hannah Adler both scored their sixth goals of the campaign, and Meg Halvorson netted her first game-winner on the third goal of her rookie season to give Denver a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Cal State Fullerton on Monday night at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.
• The Pioneers will head to California for the second time this season to take on Cal Poly (8 p.m. MT) on Sept. 21, and UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 24 (1 p.m. MT).
• Denver will open 2017 Summit League play next weekend when the Pioneers host South Dakota State (Sept. 29 - 7 p.m. MT) and North Dakota State (Oct. 1 - 12 p.m. MT). DU’s match against South Dakota State will be broadcast live on Altitude TV.
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 331-139-44 women’s record, and a career record of 351-151-48.
• 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 43 appearances in her career, scoring a goal and adding four assists.
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 now has six goals through nine matches, making her and sophomore Hannah Adler the first two players to score at least six goals in the first nine matches of a season since Kristen Hamilton scored seven in the first nine to start the 2013 campaign.
• 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 the Altitude broadcast on Sept. 29.
• 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 14 points (6G-2A) in nine matches in 2017, including seven points Aug. 25-27 to earn Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week Honors.
• Senior Jessie Dancy co-leads the 2017 Pioneers in goals.with six and in second on the team in points with 13.