Denver Set to Battle North Dakota State in Summit League Final
Pioneers take on the hosts Saturday at 11 a.m. MT for a bid to the NCAA Tournament
Nov. 3, 2017
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• Summit League Offensive Player of the Year Jessie Dancy (Park City, Utah) scored in the first minute and sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) kept her fifth cleansheet of the season to book second-seeded Denver’s ticket to Saturday’s Summit League Final with a 1-0 win over third-seeded Oral Roberts on Thursday afternoon at Dacotah Field.
• North Dakota State upset top-seeded South Dakota State in the second semifinal, defeating the Jackrabbits 2-0.
• Denver will play in its first Summit League Final since falling in penalty kicks at home to South Dakota State in 2014, when the second-seeded Pioneers take on fourth-seeded North Dakota State in Fargo on Saturday at 12 p.m. CT/11 a.m. MT. Denver is 8-1-2 in Division I league tournament finals, having fallen in penalty kick shootouts in both draws.
• The winner of Saturday’s contest will earn the league’s automatic bid into next weekend’s NCAA First Round. The NCAA Tournament Draw will be announced on the selection show on Monday, November 6, at a time to be announced.
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 337-143-44 women’s record, and a career record of 357-155-48.
• 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 163-36-13, including 158-32-13 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).
• 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, having not won since 2013 (Summit)...Denver won seven Sun Belt Conference Tournament Titles (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
• Senior outside back Makenzie Bothner and junior midfielder Mary DeWalt are serving as captains for the 2017 Pioneers.
• Bothner was named the 2016 Summit League Defensive Player of the Year.
• DeWalt has made 53 CAPS (1G-7A).
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 Denver senior scored her 11th goal of the season in the 17th game of the 2017 season, finding the back of the net on Senior Day vs. Western Illinois, the fastest since Kristen Hamilton scored 12 times in the first 16 games of the 2012 season.
• Dancy scored the game-winning goal at Fort Wayne on October 27 with 17 seconds left in regulation, the latest game-winning goal in regulation in program history.
• Dancy scored Denver’s fastest goal since August, 2014, scoring the game-winner in Denver’s 1-0 win over Oral Roberts in the Summit League Semifinal in the first minute.
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 22 points (9G-4A) in 19 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 28 points on 13 goals and two assists.
• Freshman holding midfielder Brittney Lewis is tied for third in the league with four assists.
• Both of the Pioneers’ losses in Summit League play this season came 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 - 5, Adler - 9, Dancy - 13).
• Thru games played Thursday, Jessie Dancy is 12th in the country in goals with 13 and 27th in the country in points with 28. Adler is 74th in goals with nine.
• In Denver’s win against Western Illinois, the Pioneers had one player score from each of its four classes for the first time since Oct. 26, 2012 at Idaho (Ivins, Willis, DiGiacomo/Battelli, Bast).
• Denver reached double digit wins in a campaign for the first time since 2014 on Thursday, and for the 15th time since turning Division I in 1998.
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