Aug. 16, 2014
Denver 1-2 Texas Tech (Boothe 4', Strahan 18', Murphy 72') | Photos
DENVER - The No. 25 University of Denver women's soccer team concluded its preseason with a 2-1 loss to No. 17 Texas Tech on Saturday night at CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.
Sophomore Brooke Boothe (Ontario, Calif.) opened the scoring in the fourth minute on a set-piece header off a service from senior centerback Sam Harder (Centennial, Colo.). Freshman midfielder Jocelyn Loomis (Sandy, Utah) drew the foul to set up the 35 yard free kick on the left side. Harder played her free kick in the middle of the area eight yards out to set up Boothe's flick into the lower right corner.
"I think it was a great start for us, in the sense that we came out really prepared, and ready to go," head coach Jeff Hooker said. "Texas Tech is very good, tons of speed everywhere. Their overall speed surprised some of our players a little bit. I think our goal was a fantastic one. A great ball played into Brooke (Boothe), one of our best headers. Sam really did a great job of putting a little side spin off the ball [on the free kick]."
Texas Tech senior midfielder Paige Strahan picked the pocket of the DU defense and grabbed the equalizer in the 18th minute. Strahan beat DU keeper Cassidy Rey (Arcadia, Calif.) 1v1 off the crossbar in the upper-90 to send the teams level into the intermission. The Red Raiders held a 6-2 shot advantage in the first stanza.
Red Raider junior midfielder Alli Murphy gave Texas Tech the 2-1 advantage in the 72nd minute, chipping Rey on a 1v1 after she was played on a switch by Maddy Crabtree.
"Overall, disappointed in the two goals we gave up were both very poor mistakes from ourselves," Hooker said. "To their credit they punished us for it, and that's what we told our team, that's what good teams do. If you have a big blunder, they make you pay, and that's how it was."
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Denver will officially open the 2014 campaign away from home with matches at Nevada on August 22, and at Colorado College on August 24. DU's match at CC is the Pioneers second of three matches in this year's Colorado Cup. The Pioneers 2014 home opener is September 5, when DU plays host to Detroit at CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.
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