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Cardinal overwhelms Pioneers

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The University of Denver's first trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament ended at the hands of the defending champions on Sunday.

Stanford University (20-1-1) got goals from three players and played stifling defense in handing the Pioneers a 3-0 loss.

"They are a good team," DU head coach Jeff Hooker said.

Pioneers taste Sweet 16

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The University of Denver came within one minute of seeing its season end on Friday.

But the Pioneers earned a last-minute penalty kick to tie the Maryland Terrapins and send the NCAA women's soccer tournament match into overtime. Three and a half minutes later Nicholette DiGiacomo fired home the game winner on a cross from Kristen Hamilton, sending the Pioneers into the Sweet 16.

Pioneers add transfer for fall

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The University of Denver women's soccer team has added Azusa Pacific transfer Laura Feehs to its2012 recruiting class, head coach Jeff Hooker announced

Feehs, who hails from Centennial, will begin play as a junior for the Pioneers this fall.

"Laura has excelled on every team she has been a part of, dating back to her days at Arapahoe High School and with her club team Real Colorado," Hooker said.

Pioneer men tie Falcons

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After 110 minutes of play neither the Pioneers nor the Falcons could score a goal Saturday at CIBER field at the University of Denver.

DU is now (2-4-3, 0-0-1 MPSF) and Air Force (6-2-1, 0-0-1 MPSF). Saturday's match was the opener in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play for both sides.

Pioneer men fall to Charleston

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University of Denver midfielder Brian Hoyt scored both Pioneers goals, but the College of Charleston put three tallies on the scoreboard to defeat the Pioneers 3-2 at CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

"I didn't think we played particularly well in any portion of the game, but I guess we were good enough to get two back," said head coach Bobby Muuss.

DU opens tourney with win

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The Pioneers started the Denver Invitational with a victory.

For the second straight match, the Pioneers earned a shutout to send them past Cal State Bakersfield 1-0 on Friday evening.

Midfielder Katy Van Lieshout provided the game's only goal, scoring for the Pioneers (6-1-0) in the 54th minute off a cross from Kristen Hamilton.

Pioneers fall to Indiana

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University of Denver men's soccer player Nate Sackeyfio scored his first goal of the season, but the No. 20 Pioneers' upset bid fell just short, as No. 6 Indiana edged DU 2-1 at the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at Notre Dame's Alumni Stadium on Sunday morning.

Trailing by two goals early, the Pioneers (0-2-2) cut the deficit in half in the 41st minute.

Pioneers beat Buffs on early goal

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In a showdown of state powers, DU got the early goal and defended it to steal a 1-0 win over Colorado on the road at Prentup Field on Sunday.

The Pioneers (5-1-0) followed their early season script of scoring the first goal of every match, as forward Kalie Vaughn opened the scoring in the seventh minute.

Pioneers rally to tie Irish

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DU scored twice in the second half to tie No. 11 Notre Dame 2-2 on a rainy Friday evening at Notre Dame's Alumni Stadium.

"Our group showed a lot of character to come back from two down against a quality team in Notre Dame," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "Like Creighton, they are an opponent that can certainly be playing the last weekend of the season.

Tough times for Pioneers

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After the Pioneers raced out to an early one goal lead, Cal got a hat trick from senior forward Katie Benz to send the Bears past DU 4-2.

Forward Kristen Hamilton scored on a pass from forward Kaitlin Bast and fired past diving Cal goalkeeper Emily Kruger.

Cal's Benz would start the second half just as quickly as Hamilton started the first, scoring in the 47th minute to tie the score at 1-1.

DU women win an easy one

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In a season that began with the University of Denver women's soccer team winning its first three games by an overtime finish against Northern Colorado, withstanding a late surge against Colorado College and a come from behind game-winner with 20 seconds remaining against Nebraska, the Pioneers could use a stress-free victory.

Creighton edges Pioneers

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The No. 19 University of Denver men's soccer team was edged 1-0 to No. 6 Creighton in the season opener at CIBER Field on Saturday night.

"I think Creighton is a legitimate national championship contender, and I think our guys came out here and battled them, playing our brand of soccer," head coach Bobby Muuss said.

Pioneer men open with Creighton

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The No. 19 University of Denver men's soccer team opens the regular season against No. 6 Creighton at CIBER Field on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Pioneers earned a pair of draws last weekend against Wisconsin and Ohio State in exhibition games.

Denver returns 17 letterwinners, including eight starters, from a squad that won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season championship in 2010 and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, the team's second in the past three seasons.

Hamilton named player of the week

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Kristen Hamilton's weekend play scoring twice on Friday and assisting on both goal on Sunday earned the DU sophomore forward player of the week honors from the Sun Belt Conference.

"Kristen has had a tremendous start to the year, and this weekend was an indicator of how well she prepared during the offseason," head coach Jeff Hooker said.

Pioneer midfielder grabs attention

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The 19th ranked University of Denver men's soccer team received another preseason recognition on Monday, this time on an individual level.

Senior midfielder Jarod Stigall was listed at No. 30 in Top Drawer Soccer's Preseason Top 100 Upperclassman list.

"This is a nice honor for Jarod, as well as his teammates that have helped him along the way," head coach Bobby Muuss said.

Hamilton brace brings extra time win

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Battling the rain and a determined opponent, the University of Denver finally found a winner against the University of Northern Colorado in the second period of extra time in the second game of the inaugural Colorado Cup late Friday.

DU prevailed in the opener for both teams at the Pioneers' CIBER Field when Nicholette DiGiacomo's flick was punched into the back of the net by Kristen Hamilton in the 109th minute.

Pioneers ranked in preseason polls

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The University of Denver men's soccer team was ranked 19th in the nation by Goal.com and 29th by College Soccer News in their preseason polls.

"It's nice to be recognized nationally, as our program gains more and more respect," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "However, this is a tribute to last year's team and its successes.

Single game tix on sale Friday

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Individual tickets to all University of Denver men's and women's soccer games at CIBER Field go on sale Friday at 9 a.m.

Individual game tickets during the 2011 season are $8 for a reserved seatback and $5 for general admission, and may be purchased by phone at 303-871-2336, online at DenverPioneers.

Pioneers soccer tix on sale

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The University of Denver men's and women's soccer season tickets are on sale now for the 2011 season.

Tickets for nine Denver Men's Soccer games and nine Denver Women's Soccer games went on sale on Friday.

By purchasing season tickets, fans will enjoy the same centerfield seat, including a comfortable seatback for all 18 games at CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.

Colorado College

Front Range showdown in NCAAs

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The University of Denver came up just short of a conference tournament title and an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

The Pioneers didn't have to wait for long to get a spot in the tourney.

On Monday, DU was drawn into the first round of the Division I tournament. The Pioneers (15-2-4) will host another Front Range program as Colorado College comes to CIBER Field.

Buffs claim first Colorado Cup

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The University of Colorado piled up eight goals in two matches, notched two shutouts and claimed ownership of the inaugural Colorado Cup on Sunday.

The Buffaloes (2-0-0) handed the Northern Colorado Bears (0-2-0) a 3-0 loss on Sunday afternoon at Prentup Field in Boulder to claim the cup. The win at home came after CU shredded Colorado College 5-0 at the University of Denver's CIBER Field on Friday.

Buffs erupt in 5-0 win

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The University of Colorado got the season off to a sparkling start, scoring twice in the first 15 minutes and continuing to paste the Colorado College goal in a 5-0 opener to the Colorado Cup.

Playing at the University of Denver, the Buffaloes came out on the attack and were quickly rewarded.

Club Soccer

Pioneers add transfers for fall

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University of Denver men's soccer added two players to its 2012 roster, signing Ryan Dodson and Anees Abdulgasem, head coach Bobby Muuss announced.

Dodson played his freshman season at North Carolina, where he helped the Tar Heels win the 2011 NCAA National Championship. Prior to his time at North Carolina, Dodson was a member of the U.

UCLA player transfers to DU

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Former Wheat Ridge High School player Reid Hukari has transferred from UCLA to the University of Denver men's soccer team, head coach Bobby Muuss announced Tuesday.

"We are very excited to have Reid join our program here at the University of Denver this spring," Muuss said. "In addition to being a tremendous soccer player, he brings a fierce competitive drive to our program.

Soccer Players

Lara Campbell

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Junior goalkeeper Lara Campbell on Oct. 7, 2011 during the South Alabama match @ CIBER Field

The University of Denver's women's soccer team has had an amazing season, and finished with 16 wins and only five losses.

Junior goalkeeper Lara Campbell made an astounding 43 saves this season even after suffering a, high ankle sprain injury early on in the season.

Christian Volesky

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Freshman foward Christian Volesky, right, with the ball during the College of Charleston match on Sept. 18, 2011 @ CIBER Field.

The University of Denver's men's soccer team finished the season with, (5-3-11).

Freshman forward Christian Volesky had an extremely successful season with, six goals and one assist.

Jeff Hooker

Kristen Hamilton

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Hamilton during the Oct. 7, 2011 match versus South Alabama @ CIBER Field.

This year's University of Denver's women's soccer team has been winning games left and right, after 21 games, they have come out victorious in 16 of them. Sophomore forward Kristen Hamilton made a large contribution to those statistics.

Auburn edges Pioneers

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DU's Nicholette DiGiacomo scored on a penalty kick, but the Pioneers fell 2-1 to the No. 22 Auburn Tigers in the Denver Invitational on Sunday morning.

The Pioneers (6-2-0) finished the Denver Invitational 1-1-0.

"The first half, they were a little better than we were," said coach Jeff Hooker.

Bast, Hamilton best ‘Huskers

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A brace from Kaitlin Bast and the second last-minute winner in three games this season from Kristen Hamilton produced a 3-2 Pioneers win over the visiting University of Nebraska at DU's CIBER Field.

"It was a very emotional game," said coach Jeff Hooker. "That's a Kristen type of goal. Everyone's got a jersey, pulling her hair, pulling her shoulder, pulling her shorts.

DU women open season Aug. 19

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The University of Denver women's soccer team will open the 2011 season on Aug. 19, when the Pioneers host the first two games of the Inaugural Colorado Cup at CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium.

In addition to DU, the showcase features Colorado, Colorado College and Northern Colorado.

second half

Pioneer Men Lose to New Mexico Lobos

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Midfielder Brian Hoyt passing the ball Friday, Oct. 7, @ CIBER Field.

DU men fall to the University of New Mexico, with the final score of 3-2 Friday at CIBER Field.

New Mexico (8-0-2, 2-0-0 MPSF).
Denver (2-5-3, 0-1-1 MPSF).

The first goal of the night went to UNM's forward Blake Smith.

DU Women Shut out South Alabama

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Junior foward, Kalie Vaughn with the ball during the South Alabama match, Oct. 7, at CIBER Field.

DU women take a victory over South Alabama Friday, at CIBER FIELD with a final score of DU, 7 and South Alabama 0.

South Alabama (9-3-2, 2-2-1 SBC).
Denver (11-2-0, 5-0-0 SBC).

After 40 minutes of playing, DU scored the first set of goals with in 14 seconds of each other.

Charleston too much for DU

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The men's game between University of Denver and College of Charleston began slow and ended with excitement in the second half as Charleston won 3-2 at CIBER Field.

After this loss DU is now, (1-3-2) while Charleston is now, (4-2-1).

Charleston player Andy Craven scored the first and only goal in the first half of the game.

The Rest

Willis prepared to take D.C. starting role

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Willis was well aware of the early-season opportunity that could come knocking at his door, and now that moment has arrived.

With starting goalkeeper Bill Hamid slated to miss D.

Pioneers win conference opener

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The University of Denver women's soccer team avenged its loss against Middle Tennessee in the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Championship game on Friday, earning a 4-2 win over the Blue Raiders in the SBC opener for both teams.

Kristen Hamilton led DU with her second two-goal game of the season, while Nicholette DiGiacomo and Bria Beardsley also scored.