Nov. 1, 2017
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FARGO, N.D. – Senior striker Jessie Dancy (Park City, Utah), who won the league’s golden boot race in the Summit League by three goals, was named the Summit League Offensive Player of the Year, and midfielder Meg Halvorson (Englewood, Colo.) was named the Summit League Freshman of the Year on Wednesday afternoon prior to the 2017 Summit League Women’s Soccer Championship Banquet at the FargoDome.
Senior co-captain Makenzie Bothner (Park City, Utah) and sophomore Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.) joined Dancy on the Summit League First Team. Halvorson, sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) and freshman centerback Taylor Parker (Aurora, Colo.) were all named to the Summit League Second Team.
Denver placed four student-athletes on the 2017 Summit League All-Freshman Team. Halvorson and Parker were joined by holding midfielder Brittney Lewis (Centennial, Colo.) and striker Macee Barlow (Las Vegas, Nev.) on the rookie team.
After scoring just two goals in the first three years of her Pioneer career, Dancy exploded for 12 in the 2017 campaign to lead the next closest Summit League opponent by five goals and her teammate Adler by three. Dancy added two assists for a team-high 26 points, reaching both the highest goal and point totals since Kristen Hamilton in 2013. The Denver senior has four game-winners, one game-tying goal and has opened the scoring in a match six times in 2017.
Halvorson had an impressive rookie campaign, tallying 11 points on five goals and an assist in her first regular season of college soccer. Of her goals, two opened the scoring and one was a game-winner. In addition, two of Halvorson’s five goals came in Summit League play.
Bothner, a co-captain for the 2017 squad, was named to the Summit League First Team for the second time in her career on Thursday. The 2016 Summit League Defensive Player of the Year played all but 36 minutes for Denver this season, leading a backline that has allowed just 90 shots on goal, the fewest in the Summit League.
Denver’s leading point-getter in 2016, and the second leading scorer on both the team and in the Summit League in 2017, Adler finished the regular season with 22 points on nine goals and four assists. The 2016 Summit League Freshman of the Year had eight points and scored both of her game-winners in league play (3G-2A).
Wilson started 17 of Denver’s 18 matches in 2017, keeping four cleansheets and sharing a shutout against Western Illinois with freshman Ali Tobey. The 2016 Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year made 53 saves, including 15 in Denver’s seven league matches. Wilson kept two of her four shutouts in league play en-route to a 1.01 goals against average.
With leadership at both outside backs, Parker was a staple as a freshman in the center of head coach Jeff Hooker’s defense, playing 1426 of 1487 minutes of which she was available, having missed two matches with injury. In addition to Denver’s shots on goal allowed tally, Parker helped lead a Denver defense that allowed just seven goals in league play.
Lewis started all 18 matches in Denver’s defensive midfield, sitting in-front of Denver’s back four, linking up Denver’s defense and its attack in 2017. Lewis finished with four assists in the regular season of her rookie campaign, and was named Summit League Defensive Player of the Week on August 28.
Coming off the bench for Denver’s leading scorer, Barlow has provided valuable minutes to Hooker’s lineup in 2017, scoring goals in each of Denver’s last two Summit League matches, including an equalizer last Friday at Fort Wayne.
UP NEXT: Denver will take on third-seeded Oral Roberts in the Summit League Semifinals on Thursday morning. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. CT/10:30 a.m. MT, and the match will be streamed live on the Summit League’s website.
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