Nov. 1, 2016
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
â€¢ Denver claimed its first Summit League regular season title since the 2013 season, sharing the trophy with North Dakota State after the Pioneers defeated Omaha 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at CIBER Field. DU and NDSU tied in Fargo in the regular season, but by virtue of NDSU's record against South Dakota State and Oral Roberts, NDSU took the top seed in this week's tournament.
â€¢ The Pioneers will take on third-seeded South Dakota State Thursday in the second semifinal in Fargo. SDSU defeated Denver on penalties in the 2014 Summit League Final at CIBER Field, the Pioneers last league tournament appearance.
â€¢ The winner of Thursday's second semifinal will take on the winner of  North Dakota State and  Oral Roberts Saturday at 10 a.m. MT in the 2016 Summit League Final.
â€¢ With the victory against Omaha on Oct. 30, Denver claimed a share of its eighth NCAA Division I regular season league 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).
â€¢ The Pioneers will look for league tournament title No. 9 in their Division I history this weekend, and their first since 2013 (Summit)...Denver won seven Sun Belt Conference Tournament Titles (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
HEAD COACH Jeff Hooker
â€¢ Denver's Jeff Hooker is in his 25th season in charge of the women's program. Hooker coached his 500th women's match at DU on his last trip to Fargo (Oct. 14).
â€¢ Hooker coached both the men's and the women's programs during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, making this officially his 27th season as a head coach at DU.
â€¢ DU's head man enters this match with a 327-135-42 women's record, and a career record of 347-147-46.
â€¢ The nine-time conference coach of the year will look for his 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016.
â€¢ In league play in his career, Hooker is 158-34-13, including 153-30-13 with the women's program.
â€¢ Among active head coaches, Hooker entered the 2016 season as the 22nd winningest head coach by percentage (.699) and the 15th winningest coach by victories (319).
â€¢ In the overall NCAA record books heading into this season, Hooker is the 35th winningest head coach by victories (319).
OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
â€¢ The Pioneers are captained by redshirt senior Francesca Garzelloni, who earned her 75th CAP on Oct. 30 against Omaha, and Lilly McSwain, who earned CAP number 60 at the weekend.
â€¢ As a freshman in 2012, Garzelloni started the side's first four matches before missing the rest of the season with an injury (foot).
â€¢ Garzelloni leads the 2016 roster in career goals with 12 to go along with eight assists for a team-leading 32 points.
â€¢ The Denver senior netted her first brace since Nov. 10, 2013 (NDSU) on Oct. 28 in Denver's 5-0 win over Fort Wayne.
â€¢ The do-it-all midfielder is a two-time First Team All-Summit League selection.
â€¢ McSwain has started all 18 matches in 2016 for the Pioneers after starting just nine in her first three seasons.
REAL COLORADO CONNECTION
â€¢ The Pioneers 2016 roster has 18 players from 13 different club teams.
â€¢ Real Colorado leads the way in numbers with four, one from each class.
â€¢ Freshman Brittany Wilson sophomore Hannah Bricker, junior Riley Welch, redshirt senior Francesca Garzelloni all played for the local club team.
â€¢ Denver also has a pair of players from Black Diamond Soccer Club (Utah) and the Colorado Storm.
â€¢ CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium opened in 2009.
â€¢ The 2,000 seat stadium hosts both the men's and women's soccer programs, and sits above the 10,000 square-foot Pat Bowlen Strength and Conditioning Complex.
â€¢ The stadium has hosted the 2009 MPSF Men's Soccer Tournament, 2014 Summit League Men's and Women's Championships and 2015 and 2016 Summit League Men's Championship.
â€¢ CIBER Field has also hosted the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer First Round and 2015 NCAA Men's Soccer Second Round.
â€¢ Denver's women's program is 54-14-3 since CIBER Field opened.
PIONEERS LOOK TO FOUR SENIORS
â€¢ Redshirt seniors Karina Fredette and Francesca Garzelloni and true seniors Lilly McSwain and Cassidy Rey have helped turn the ship back around in their final year of eligibility, winning Denver's first regular season title since 2013...Denver's senior class has combined for 253 CAPS and 183 starts.
â€¢ Fredette has five goals in a Denver kit, including two this season (9/4 and 10/28)...The Wisconsin Green Bay has 59 NCAA CAPS...Fredette was named to the Summit League Second Team in 2015.
â€¢ McSwain has 60 CAPS, including nine starts in 2015 and 18 in 2016. In 2014, McSwain tallied two assists and the senior provided her first of the season on Fredette's goal at ASU.
â€¢ Rey has made 58 CAPS, starting 54 of those matches...Rey has kept a 1.15 goals against average in her career, including a 0.52 GAA in 2013 that earned her Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year.
â€¢ Denver has tallied a 40-31-5 record since the beginning of the 2013 campaign.
â€¢ The Pioneers 2014 senior class finished 61-18-7, the 13th-best output in the nation.
THE TWO Cs
â€¢ 12 of Denver's 18 players are from either Colorado or California, including eight from the state of Colorado.
â€¢ Denver's other six players reside from Utah (3), New Mexico, Wisconsin and Quebec.
DENVER'S 2017 CLASS CONTRIBUTING IN THIRD YEAR WITH PROGRAM
â€¢ Makenzie Bothner, Jessie Dancy, Kendall Mulvaney, Angelica Pacheco and Riley Welch make up Denver's five-player junior class...Three of the juniors combined for the game-winner in Denver's 1-0 win over Northern Colorado (9/8).
â€¢ Bothner has started in Denver's defense in 52 of her 55 CAPS...The Park City, Utah, native has a goal and seven assists in her career, including a game-winner against Iowa State in 2014...Bothner is second among field players with 4933 minutes played.
â€¢ Dancy has seen 1953 minutes for Hooker's side, making 51 appearances and 15 starts at forward, including eight starts in 2016...Dancy will miss the 2016 tournament due to injury.
â€¢ Mulvaney has battled injuries through her first two+ years, but made her collegiate debut at forward on Oct. 28 against Fort Wayne. The former keeper turned forward has 2 CAPS.
â€¢ Pachecho has earned 41 CAPS, and scored a goal in her 3 appearances in 2014.
â€¢ Welch broke through the starting XI in 2015, now making 25 starts in 37 appearances...The Littleton, Colo., native has scored four goals and tallied two assists in 2287 minutes of action in her career.
SOPHOMORES PUT IN KEY ROLES IN 2016
â€¢ Cristiana Behnken, Hannah Bricker, Courtney Coffey, Mary DeWalt and Leah Swander combined for 88 CAPS and 62 starts in their freshmen seasons, with all five earning places in Hooker's Starting XI throughout the season. The group has now combined for 140 CAPS and 90 starts.
â€¢ Behnken, Coffey and DeWalt played in all 17 matches in their rookie seasons.
â€¢ Behnken led the 2015 freshmen in starts with 16 and earned a spot on the 2015 Summit League All-Freshmen Team...She made her season debut on Sept. 4 after recovering from a preseason injury...Behnken has continued to battle injury, but has made 10 appearances and three starts this season, including starting both matches last weekend.
â€¢ Bricker has made 24 career appearances, starting 15 of those matches in the center of Denver's defense...Bricker has missed the last three matches with injury.
â€¢ Coffey, another Colorado native, led her high school team in scoring in 2012 (also led in assists) and 2014, finishing as an all-conference selection both seasons. Coffey made 11 starts for Hooker's side, tallying an assist in 799 minutes in 2015...She will miss the entire 2016 season (knee).
â€¢ DeWalt, a four-sport high school athlete was named to her All-Area team, and won the Golden Boot award and earned first-team all-conference honors. DeWalt also had a single assist in 893 minutes for the Pioneers in 2015, making 10 starts in her freshman season. The sophomore netted her first career goal in Denver's 3-1 upset of [RV] Arizona State... DeWalt has moved from forward to outside back in 2016.
â€¢ Swander, a Grand Junction product, spent two seasons with the U.S. Youth Academy, and scored the most goals of any 5A freshman in Colorado in 2012. Swander led the team with 29 shots and made eight starts a year ago. Swander netted her first career goal in Denver's 2-1 win over SIUE.
FRESHMEN CLASS READY TO GO RIGHT AWAY
â€¢ A pair of Colorado products and California recruits make-up Jeff Hooker's 2016 freshmen class.
â€¢ Goalkeeper Brittany Wilson, a Littleton native, played her club soccer for Real Colorado and also made appearances with the United State Women's Youth National Team...Wilson earned three call-ups with the National Team; two with the U-19s and an August, 2015 call-up with the U-20s. Wilson has appeared in all 18 matches, starting eight and playing at least the second half in the other 10.
â€¢ Heather Turcios earned a call-up with the U-20 El Salvador Women's National Team prior to her time at DU. Turcios scored six goals and tallied six assists in 2015 at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. In 2016, Turcios has appeared in 17 of 18 matches, starting eight of them.
â€¢ Cheyenne Shorts is Denver's other Colorado freshmen in 2016, a three-year center back for the Colorado Olympic Development program and a four-year starter at Denver East. Denver's first choice centerback has appeared in 16 matches, missing a start in Summit League play at South Dakota State after being sent off in the first half against Oral Roberts.
â€¢ Central midfielder and Real So Cal product Hannah Adler surpassed the 100 point mark in her high school career last season, leading Oak Park High School to over 60 wins in her career...Adler was a 2015 California All-Star selection, two-time all-conference selection and appeared in the IMG Academy 150 player pool. Adler leads the team with three goals. Adler has been Denver's leading scorer in 2016, starting 16 of Denver's 18 matches and bagging four goals while providing four assists.
SIXTH ANNUAL COLORADO CUP
â€¢ The tournament started with just four teams for three years between 2011-13.
â€¢ When Colorado State's women's program started ahead of the 2014 season, Air Force and CSU joined the tournament.
â€¢ The tournament was created by former Colorado coach and current Colorado State head coach Bill Hempen.
â€¢ Denver is 9-10 against Colorado teams since the tournament started in 2011.
â€¢ Denver won the 2013 Colorado Cup, and CU has won the other five...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.