Sept. 2, 2005
DENVER- In the second game of the 2005 Denver Soccer Classic, the Denver Pioneers battled for 110 minutes to a 2-2 tie with instate rival, Colorado. The Buffaloes scored on goals by Katie Griffin and Ashlie Mihalcin and Denver scored on goals by Taryn Hemmings (Greeley, Colo.) and Rachael Fry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.). The tie is the first tie of the season for both teams and the first tie in the Denver-Colorado series.
"We played well today," said head coach Jeff Hooker. "Today's match was about improving from a disappointing match last Sunday against Vanderbilt. We had two great goals and created several other opportunities. I was excited about the play of some of our freshman and pleased with the four that played defense for us, they were solid today. We did some great things today and this is a good sign for the rest of the season."
The Buffaloes kicked the scoring off in the second minute when Katie Griffin dribbled through the midfield and slipped a goal in behind Denver goalkeeper, Dani Wiley (Littleton, Colo.). The Pioneers picked up their intensity and began pressuring the Colorado defense creating several quality scoring opportunities, but it was the Buffaloes that found the back of the net in the 17th minute of play. Mihalcin placed the ball in the lower left hand corner of the net, putting the Buffaloes up, 2-0.
With continued pressure on the defense and some incredible saves by goalkeeper Dani Wiley (Littleton, Colo.) and the defense, the Pioneers found the net in the 28th minute of play. Sophomore Jenna Billingsley (Littleton, Colo.) played a ball through the Colorado midfield to Hemmings (Greeley, Colo.) who put a shot in the upper right hand corner of the net for the score. Denver found net again five minutes before halftime when Hemmings (Greeley, Colo.) placed a cross at the feet of sophomore Rachael Fry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) who bent the ball into the back of the net, to notch the score at, 2-2.
In the second half both teams battles back and forth with scoring opportunities coming on both sides. Wiley made four saves in the second half, including stifling several opportunities by All-American Fran Munnelly. The game was tied at the end of regulation and went into the two 10 minute overtime periods, which resulted in no score and a 2-2, final score. The game went into penalty kicks to determine who would play in Sunday's championship game, with Colorado winning in the shootout.
In the first match of the tournament the Wyoming Cowgirls defeated the Northeastern Huskies, 4-2.
The Denver Soccer Classic continues on Sunday Sept. 4, when the Colorado Buffaloes take on the Wyoming Cowgirls at 10:30 am at Pioneer Field. The Pioneers will face Northeastern at 1p.m.
Sophomore Taryn Hemmings