Nov. 8, 2017
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• 2017 Summit League Tournament MVP Angelica Pacheco scored in the 85th minute to send Denver to its first Summit League Tournament Title and its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2013 after a 2-1 over fourth-seeded and hosts North Dakota State last Saturday.
• The 32nd Colorado Derby, including the 22nd match-up since Denver turned Division I in 1998 will come with a little more importance on Sunday when the Pioneers and Buffs square off at Prentup Field in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Sunday will mark the third NCAA Tournament meeting between the two teams, with Colorado winning the previous two (2006: L, 2-1 at CU | 2013: L, 1-0 at DU). Sunday’s match is a rematch of the 2013 NCAA First Round at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. The 2006 meeting came in the second round at CU.
• The winner of Sunday’s first round game will take on the winner of High Point and No. 1 North Carolina next Friday in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
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 338-143-44 women’s record, and a career record of 358-155-48.
• The nine-time conference coach of the year will participate in 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).
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, and earned Summit League First Team honors in each of her last two seasons.
• DeWalt has made 54 CAPS in her career (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 (0:59).
• The Summit League Offensive Player of the Year’s 14th goal of the campaign came in the first half of the Summit League Final to give Denver a 1-0 lead at the intermission.
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.
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 had one the other five prior to this season...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.
• 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 won their ninth league tournament title in their Division I history last weekend (Summit: 2013 and 2017)...Denver won seven Sun Belt Conference Tournament Titles (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
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, has 22 points (9G-4A) in 20 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 31 points on 14 goals and three assists.
• Freshman holding midfielder Brittney Lewis and senior striker Angelica Pacheco are tied for fourth 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 - 14).
• Entering the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Jessie Dancy is eighth in the country in goals with 14 and 19th in the country in points with 31. Adler is 78th 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).
The Last Meeting
September 16, 2017
Denver Drops 31st Colorado Derby
DENVER -- The University of Denver women's soccer team dropped its Colorado Cup finale 6-1 to Colorado on Saturday night at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.