Denver blanks Omaha to claim #SummitMSOC Championship

Denver claimed its seventh postseason tournament title in the last seven seasons to claim The Summit League's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Denver claimed its seventh postseason tournament title in the last seven seasons to claim The Summit League's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

2019 Men's Soccer Championship Page

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Denver Head Coach Jamie Franks | Championship MVP Preston Judd
Highlights: Championship Match

DENVER – It was a little different route, but the result was similar as third-seeded Denver blanked fourth-seeded Omaha 1-0 to claim the 2019 #SummitMSOC Championship presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare Saturday. For the Pioneers, it was the sixth tournament title in their seven years as a league member, but first after not winning at least a share of the regular-season title.

DU got its goal from Preston Judd in the 29th-minute when the junior forward sent a slightly-deflected rocket into the upper right corner of the frame past the outstretched arms of a diving Jeremy Pollard in goal for the Mavericks. Judd's seventh goal of the season came just moments after DU's Will Palmquist made a diving save on Omaha's first shot on goal of the match in the 26th-minute.

That was the only save Palmquist would have to make as he picked up his second shutout of the tournament and sixth of the season.

DU did hold a slight edge in overall shots at 8-7 as Judd was credited with the only two shots on goal for the Pioneers, who are making their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance thanks to the tournament victory. 

The NCAA Tournament selection show will be streamed on NCAA.com on Monday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. ET.

Turning point

  • In a match that only featured three combined shots on goal, Judd's 29th-minute goal would be the only tally of the match.    

Inside the box score

  • The match featured 39 fouls with Omaha picking up 20 of those and the remaining 19 going to Denver.  
  • Neither team recorded a shot on goal in the final 45 minutes.
  • DU goalkeeper Will Palmquist record back-to-back shutouts for the first time this season.

News & Notes

  • This was the first Summit League Championship match between the No. 3 seed and No. 4 seed since 2010. The last No. 3 seed to win the title before today was Omaha, who won the 2017 title from that slot.  
  • Denver has now appeared in all seven tournament title matches since joining the league in 2013 and owns a 6-0-1 record in those contests, including the last two.
  • Junior Preston Judd's goal was his team-leading seventh of the season. 
  • Sophomore Callum Stretch was credited with the assist on the game-winning goal, which was the first of his season and fourth of his career. 

2019 All-Tournament Team
Marcos Bautista, Omaha
Tanguy Geurineau, Oral Roberts
Preston Judd, Denver (Championship MVP)
Pep Mateu, Omaha
Daisuke Otsuka, Western Illinois
Will Palmquist, Denver
Seth Rinderknecht, Omaha
Jacob Stensson, Denver
Callum Stretch, Denver
Tim Trilk, Western Illinois
Gustavo Vargas, Oral Roberts

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