DENVER – University of Denver women’s soccer head coach Jeff Hooker picked up his 300th win as the No. 16 Pioneers shutout Omaha 3-0 on the road to improve to 4-0 in The Summit League, 13-1-1 overall.
“I was absolutely humbled today when I found out that this game was #300,” said Jeff Hooker, who has been the head coach at DU for the last 22 season. “I had no idea. It’s a great tribute to all the awesome players and families that have been a part of our soccer program since I began coaching. I keep thinking about the different players that helped accomplish this and am very grateful to have coached so many of them. I feel very privileged and am thankful to Ron and Peg for the continued support.”
Eight minutes into the game, senior Nicholette DiGiacomo (Golden, Colo.) took advantage of a free kick from 19-yards out to put the Pioneers up 1-0. This was DiGiacomo’s ninth goal of the season.
“We played a very good, fit and hardworking Omaha team today and we were fortunate enough to have a two-goal lead at the half,” Hooker said. “Nicholette started it off taking a free kick that Kristen was awarded right on top of the box. The goalkeeper was trying to line the wall up and without asking for 10 yards Nicholette took it early and passed it into the goal before they had a chance to set up. Taylor scored the second goal off an outstanding run from Cassidy Larson and was able to toe poke it high passed the keeper.”
Sophomore Taylor Ivins (West Haven, Utah) increased Denver’s lead to 2-0 with less than 13 minutes left in the half. Senior Cassidy Larson (Eldorado Springs, Colo.) slotted a ball through to Ivins on the left side where she finished the ball passed the Omaha keeper.
The Pioneers sealed the win when junior Paige Diamond (Pleasanton, Calif.) netted her first goal of the season off of a cross from senior Kristen Hamilton (Littleton, Colo.).
“They really had good focus in the second half,” Hooker said. “We moved Paige up front and it paid off as she was able to put the game out of reach by making it 3-0. It was nice to see, once again, the scoring spread out as it has been the past couple of games”
Freshman Cassidy Rey (Arcadia, Calif.) stood strong between the posts for Denver, saving both shots she faced. Rey helped increase the Pioneers’ shutout streak to four and has yet to be scored on in a league play. In four conference games, Denver has outscored its opponents 15-0.
The Pioneers continue on the road at South Dakota on Sunday at 11 a.m.
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