Denver Hosts Fort Wayne to Begin Final Weekend of Regular Season Friday
Pioneers look to return to winning ways Friday at 6 p.m. MT at CIBER Field
Oct. 26, 2016
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• The Pioneers went down to 10-men and fell 1-0 to Oral Roberts before dropping a 2-0 result at league leaders South Dakota State on Sunday
• Denver will welcome Fort Wayne and Omaha to CIBER Field this weekend to wrap-up the 2016 regular season.
• If Denver finishes in the top four in the Summit League, the Pioneers will head to Fargo, N.D. next weekend to take part in the 2016 Summit League Women’s Soccer Championships.
HEAD COACH Jeff Hooker
• Denver’s Jeff Hooker is in his 25th season in charge of the Denver women’s program. Hooker coached his 500th women’s match at DU on October 14th at North Dakota State.
• Hooker coached both the men’s and the women’s programs during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, making this officially his 27th season as a head coach at DU.
• DU’s head man enters this weekend with a 325-135-42 women’s record, and a career record of 345-147-46.
• The nine-time conference coach of the year will look for his 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016.
• In league play in his career, Hooker is 156-34-13, including 151-30-13 with the women’s program.
• Among active head coaches, Hooker entered the 2016 season as the 22nd winningest head coach by percentage (.699) and the 15th winningest coach by victories (319).
• In the overall NCAA record books heading into this season, Hooker is the 35th winningest head coach by victories (319).
OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
• The Pioneers are captained by redshirt senior Francesca Garzelloni, who enters this match with the program on 73 CAPS, starting 70 of the matches.
• As a freshman in 2012, Garzelloni started the side’s first four matches before missing the rest of the season with an injury (foot).
• Garzelloni leads the 2016 roster in career goals with 10 to go along with eight assists for a team-leading 28 points.
• The do-it-all midfielder is a two-time First Team All-Summit League selection, and a two-time Summit League All-Tournament team pick.
REAL COLORADO CONNECTION
• The Pioneers 2016 roster has 18 players from 13 different club teams.
• Real Colorado leads the way in numbers with four, one from each class.
• Freshman Brittany Wilson sophomore Hannah Bricker, junior Riley Welch, redshirt senior Francesca Garzelloni all played for the local club team.
• Denver also has a pair of players from Black Diamond Soccer Club (Utah) and the Colorado Storm.
SIXTH 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 9-10 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.
• CIBER Field at 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 Summit League Men’s Championship.
• CIBER Field has also hosted the 2012 NCAA Women’s Soccer First Round and 2015 NCAA Men’s Soccer Second Round.
• Denver’s women’s program is 52-14-3 since CIBER Field opened.
PIONEERS LOOK TO FOUR SENIORS
• Redshirt seniors Karina Fredette and Francesca Garzelloni and true seniors Lilly McSwain and Cassidy Rey look to turn the ship around in their final year of eligibility... Denver’s senior class has combined for 247 CAPS and 179 starts.
• Fredette has four goals in a Denver kit, including one this season (at Arizona State - 9/4)...The Wisconsin Green Bay has 58 NCAA CAPS heading into her final campaign...Fredette was named to the Summit League Second Team in 2015.
• McSwain has 58 CAPS, including nine starts in 2015. In 2014, McSwain tallied two assists in 2014 and the senior tallied her first of the season on Fredette’s goal at ASU.
• Rey has made 58 CAPS, starting 54 of those matches...Rey has kept a 1.15 goals against average in her career, including a 0.52 GAA in 2013 that earned her Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year.
• Denver has tallied a 38-31-5 record since the beginning of the 2013 campaign.
• The Pioneers 2014 senior class finished 61-18-7, the 13th-best output in the nation.
THE TWO Cs
• 12 of Denver’s 18 players are from either Colorado or California, including eight from the state of Colorado.
• Denver’s other six players reside from Utah (3), New Mexico, Wisconsin and Quebec.
DENVER’S JUNIOR CLASS READY FOR UPPERCLASSMAN ROLE
• Makenzie Bothner, Jessie Dancy, Kendall Mulvaney, Angelica Pacheco and Riley Welch make up Denver’s five-player junior class. Three of the juniors combined for the game-winner in Denver’s 1-0 win over Northern Colorado (9/8).
• The class has combined for 178 CAPS and 98 starts in their first three years with the program.
• Bothner has started in Denver’s defense in 50 of her 53 CAPS...The Park City, Utah, native has a goal and four assists in her career, including a game-winner against Iowa State in 2014...Bothner is second among field players with 4753 minutes played.
• Dancy has seen 1953 minutes for Hooker’s side, making 51 appearances and 15 starts at forward, including eight starts in 2016.
• Mulvaney has battled injuries through her first three years and has not made an appearance.
• Pachecho has earned 39 CAPS, and scored a goal in her 3 appearances in 2014.
• Welch broke through the starting XI in 2015, making 23 starts in 35 appearances...The Littleton, Colo., native scored three goals and tallied two assists in 2124 minutes of action in her first two seasons. Welch recorded her first assist of 2016 on Sept. 4 at Arizona State.
SOPHOMORES SET FOR KEY ROLE IN 2016
• Cristiana Behnken, Hannah Bricker, Courtney Coffey, Mary DeWalt and Leah Swander combined for 88 CAPS and 62 starts in their freshmen seasons, with all five earning places in Hooker’s Starting XI throughout the season. The group has now combined for 134 CAPS and 84 starts.
• Behnken, Coffey and DeWalt played in all 17 matches in their rookie seasons.
• Behnken led the 2015 freshmen in starts with 16 and earned a spot on the 2015 Summit League All-Freshmen Team...She made her season debut on Sept. 4 after recovering from a preseason injury.
• Bricker has made 24 career appearances, starting 15 of those matches in the center of Denver’s defense.
• Coffey, another Colorado native, led her high school team in scoring in 2012 (also led in assists) and 2014, finishing as an all-conference selection both seasons. Coffey made 11 starts for Hooker’s side, tallying an assist in 799 minutes...She will miss the 2016 season (knee).
• DeWalt, a four-sport high school athlete was named to her All-Area team, and won the Golden Boot award and earned first-team all-conference honors. DeWalt also had a single assist in 893 minutes for the Pioneers in 2015, making 10 starts in her freshman season. The sophomore netted her first career goal in Denver’s 3-1 upset of [RV] Arizona State.
• Swander, a Grand Junction product, spent two seasons with the U.S. Youth Academy, and scored the most goals of any 5A freshman in Colorado in 2012. Swander led the team with 29 shots and made eight starts a year ago. Swander netted her first career goal in Denver’s 2-1 win over SIUE.