Denver Hosts Omaha on Senior Sunday
Pioneers would clinch at least a share of the Summit League title with a win Sunday
Oct. 29, 2016
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Denver earned its largest margin of victory since Oct. 13, 2013 (vs. IUPUI) as the Pioneers shutout Fort Wayne 5-0 on Friday night at CIBER Field.
The Pioneers will host Omaha on the final day of the regular season Sunday where scenarios around the league could see Denver win the league for the first time since 2013.
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.
SUMMIT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SEED SCENARIOS
Denver will clinch at least a share of the league title with a win on Sunday afternoon.
If Denver wins, the Pioneers will be the one seed with a draw or IUPUI win at North Dakota State, or will be the two seed if North Dakota State also wins.
A Denver/Omaha tie could see the Pioneers be anywhere from a 2-4 seed in next week's Summit League Tournament.
An Omaha win on Sunday would see the Mavs go through in eight of nine scenarios, but Omaha wouldn't advance if both Oral Roberts and IUPUI also win Sunday.
A Denver loss and the Pioneers would still advance with an Oral Roberts loss and a North Dakota State win or draw on Sunday.
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 match with a 326-135-42 women's record, and a career record of 346-147-46.
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 157-34-13, including 152-30-13 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 74 CAPS, starting 71 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 12 to go along with eight assists for a team-leading 32 points.
The Denver senior netted her first brace since Nov. 10, 2013 (NDSU) on Oct. 28 in Denver's 5-0 win over Fort Wayne.
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.
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 and 2016 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 53-14-3 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 250 CAPS and 181 starts.
Fredette has five goals in a Denver kit, including two this season (9/4 and 10/28)...The Wisconsin Green Bay has 59 NCAA CAPS...Fredette was named to the Summit League Second Team in 2015.
McSwain has 59 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 39-31-5 record since the beginning of the 2013 campaign.
Kendall Mulvaney will join the four seniors in the ceremony following Sunday's match.
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.