Oct. 17, 2017
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• The Summit League’s leaders in the golden boot race, University of Denver women’s soccer senior striker Jessie Dancy (Park City, Utah) and sophomore attacking midfielder Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.), both scored and sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) made four saves to pace the Pioneers past Omaha 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Caniglia Field.
• Adler enters the weekend second in the Summit League with eight goals, two ahead of the next closest opponent, while Dancy leads the league with 10 goals, the fastest Pioneer to 10 goals since Kristen Hamilton scored 10 in the first 14 games of the 2013 season.
• Senior Day Sunday at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium sees the Pioneers welcome Western Illinois at 12 p.m. MT. Following the match, seniors Angelica Pacheco, Jessie Dancy, Makenzie Bothner and Riley Welch, along with junior Hannah Bricker, will be honored.
• DU will close out the regular season on Oct. 27 at Fort Wayne. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. MT.
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 334-143-44 women’s record, and a career record of 354-155-48.
• 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 161-36-13, including 156-32-13 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.
• DeWalt has made 50 CAPS in her career (1G-6A).
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.
• Following her three-goal weekend in the opening weekend of Summit League play to earn Summit League Offensive Player of the Week honors, Dancy was sitting on nine goals through her first 13 matches of the season, one of four players to do that since 2006.
• On that list, Dancy joins Tayrn Hemmings (2008 - 10 goals), Kaitlin Bast (2010 - 9 goals) and Kristen Hamilton (2011 - 9 goals).
• Dancy got her 10th goal of the season on Oct. 15 at Omaha. She is the fastest player to double digits since Kristen Hamilton got it done in the first 14 games of the 2013 season.
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 were featured on Altitude during halftime of the Altitude broadcast on Sept. 29.
THE 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 20 points (8G-4A) in 16 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 Pioneers with 22 points on 10 goals and two assists.
• Freshman holding midfielder Brittney Lewis is tied for fifth in the league with three assists.
• Denver, Oral Roberts and South Dakota State remain level on points in second in the Summit League table with six. SDSU has two games in hand on leader North Dakota State (12pts), and DU. Oral Roberts has one game in hand on the table-toppers.
• Both of the Pioneers’ losses in Summit League play this season have come in extra time by a count of 2-1 (vs. South Dakota State, at Oral Roberts).
• Prior to this season, Denver didn’t have a player with more than four goals since 2013, but have three with at least four this year (Halvorson - 4, Adler - 8, Dancy - 10).
• Thru games played last weekend, Jessie Dancy is 21st in the country in goals with 10 and 40th in the country in points with 22. Adler is 66th in points with 20.
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 59-17-4 since the stadium opened.
• With the victory against Omaha on Oct. 30, 2016, Denver claimed a share of its eighth NCAA Division I regular season league conference 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 Last Meeting
September 30, 2016
Denver Opens Summit League Play with Win at Western Illinois
MACOMB, Ill. -- Junior midfielder Riley Welch (Littleton, Colo.) gave the Pioneers the lead for good in the 29th minute and senior starter Cassidy Rey (Arcadia, Calif.) and freshman Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) combined for their second shutout of the season to send the University of Denver women's soccer team past Western Illinois in both teams' Summit League opener on Friday afternoon at John MacKenzie Alumni Field.