Denver Opens Summit League Play at Home Friday
Pioneers host 2016 Summit League Tournament champion South Dakota State Friday at 7 p.m. MT on Altitude 2
Sept. 28, 2017
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Denver was unable to find the back of the net in its final road trip of its non-league season last weekend, dropping matches at Cal Poly (1-0) and at UC Santa Barbara (4-0).
The Pioneers will open 2017 Summit League play this weekend when the 2016 co-regular season champs host 2016 Summit League Tourmament Champion South Dakota State on Friday (7 p.m./Altitude 2) and 2016 Summit League co-regular season champion North Dakota State on Sunday (12 p.m.).
DU begins a three-match Summit League road swing next weekend when the Pioneers head to South Dakota for a single-match weekend on October 6. Denver will close out the three-match stretch at Oral Roberts on October 12 and at Omaha on October 15.
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 331-141-44 women's record, and a career record of 351-153-48.
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 158-34-13, 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).
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 45 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 became 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 in 2017.
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).
Dancy had 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.
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 sixth time in its Division I history (2002, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2017).
Hannah Adler, who led Denver in goals (4) and points (12) a season ago, already has 14 points (6G-2A) in 11 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.
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 11-11 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 won the 2017 Colorado Cup, the only team to take nine points from their three matches in the tournament. Denver finished second, its highest finish since the field was expanded to six teams.
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 58-16-4 since the stadium opened.
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W. Soccer / 12/6/2017 Season Recap: A Trophy and a Trip to the NCAAs Has Denver Back On Track
W. Soccer / 11/22/2017 Adler and Wilson Named to Summit League Academic Team
W. Soccer / 11/12/2017 Denver Falls to Colorado in NCAA First Round, 2-1
W. Soccer / 11/8/2017 Denver Takes on Colorado in NCAA First Round Sunday
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W. Soccer / 11/04/2017 Pacheco's 85th Minute Winner Lifts Denver to Summit League Crown
W. Soccer / 11/03/2017 Denver Set to Battle North Dakota State in Summit League Final
W. Soccer / 11/02/2017 Denver Advances to Summit League Final
W. Soccer / 11/01/2017 Dancy and Halvorson Win Major Awards at Summit League Banquet
W. Soccer / 10/31/2017 [2 Seed] Denver Takes on  Oral Roberts in Summit Semifinals
W. Soccer / 10/30/2017 Dancy Earns Third Summit League Offensive Player of the Week Honor
W. Soccer / 10/27/2017 Dancy's Late Winner Sends Denver Past Fort Wayne
W. Soccer / 10/25/2017 Denver Closes Regular Season at Fort Wayne Friday