Denver and North Dakota State Advance to the #SummitWSOC Championship

Denver and North Dakota State Advance to the #SummitWSOC Championship

2017 Women's Soccer Championship Page | Bracket

The Basics

Score: No. 2 Denver 1, No. 3 Oral Roberts 0
Records: Denver (10-8-1), Oral Roberts (8-10-1)
Location: Dacotah Field, Fargo, N.D.

FARGO, N.D. – In the semifinal of the 2017 #SummitWSOC championship, No. 2 Denver avenged a regular season loss, toppling No. 3 Oral Roberts 1-0 at a chilly Dacotah Field. Denver advances to the championship Saturday to face the winner of the No. 1 South Dakota State and No. 4 North Dakota State semifinal.

Denver's Jessie Dancy opened the scoring early, netting her 13th goal of the season 59 seconds into the match. The Offensive Player of the Year took advantage of a cross from the right foot of senior Angelica Pacheco and blasted the ball past Oral Robert's Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl. The Pioneers would continue the pressure for the rest of the half, putting four shots on goal.

The Golden Eagles would not go quietly. Freshman defender Drishana Pillay headed a corner that bounced off the top of the crossbar 22 minutes into the contest. Oral Roberts tallied three corners in the first 45.

ORU continued to pressure, creating several opportunities in the second. Denver sophomore keeper Brittany Wilson stopped a one-on-one with ORU's Jordan Langebartels in the 62nd minute to keep her clean sheet. Caitlyn Hanslovan would get the next best chance for the Golden Eagles, shooting from the left side of the field and hitting the bottom of the top of the crossbar in the 72nd minute.

Wilson earned a clean sheet in the win, stopping five shots on goal from the Golden Eagles. ORU tallied shots on goal from five separate field players. Langebartels led the team with four shots.

Turning point

  • Denver's Jessie Dancy scored 59 seconds into the semifinal to put Denver ahead for good.

Inside the box score

  • Offensive Player of the Year Jessie Dancy netted her 13th goal of the season less than a minute into the contest.
  • Brittany Wilson posted a clean sheet, making five saves.
  • ORU took four corners, compared to Denver's three.

New & Notes

  • Denver is searching for its first Championship title since the 2013 season.
  • Dancy's goal (59 seconds) was the quickest score in #SummitWSOC history since the 2014 semifinals when South Dakota State's Tori Poole netted a goal 41 seconds into the match.
  • Denver requited a regular season loss to Oral Roberts (1-2 OT) October 12.
  • This is the 15th double-digit win season for Denver in D1.

 2017 Women's Soccer Championship Page | Bracket

The Basics

Score: No. 4 North Dakota State 2, No. 1 South Dakota State 0

Records: North Dakota State (8-10-0), South Dakota State (11-5-3)

Location: Dacotah Field, Fargo, N.D.

FARGO, N.D. – No. 4 and host North Dakota State capitalized on home field advantage and defeated No. 1 and three-time defending tournament champion South Dakota State Thursday afternoon at Dacotah Field by a score of 2 - 0. North Dakota State advances to the championship Saturday to face No. 2 Denver.

After being shutout in the regular season matchup, the Bison would not be kept off the scoreboard again. North Dakota State's Malley O'Brien opened the scoring in the 26th minute on a header in the box. The junior midfielder netted her team-leading seventh goal of the season off a cross from teammate Mallory Fenske. The goal by O'Brien broke a streak of 624 consecutive minutes of shutout action by the Jacks.

Down a goal, the Jackrabbits continued to apply offensive pressure, taking a 9-2 shot advantage into the half. Leah Manuleleua took five shots in the first 45 minutes, including a couple of near-misses. SDSU's Darien Poelstra's header in the 35th minute missed the net by mere inches.

The second half began with more offensive from SDSU. Bison sophomore goalkeeper Monica Polgar made four saves to keep the Jackrabbits off the board. O'Brien pressed for a brace, missing just above the crossbar in the 62nd minute to add to the Bison lead.

The home field advantage continued to prove true when Britney Monteon netted an insurance goal off a cross from Maddie Burnstein in the 70th minute. The goal was the junior forward's second of the season, the assist was the first of the freshman defender's young career.

South Dakota State outshot the home team by a margin of 17-5 and took six corners to the Bison's two. Polgar earned a clean sheet in the win, stopping four shots on goal from the Jacks.

Turning point

  • Monteon netted her second goal of the season off a cross from Burnstein, pushing the Bison to a 2-0 lead that the Jackrabbits couldn't overcome.

Inside the box score

  • O'Brien tallied her team-leading, and third-best league ranking, seventh goal of the season in the 26th minute.
  • Monteon's goal was her second of the season, the assist was Burnstein's first career.
  • SDSU outshot NDSU 17-5, but did not net a goal.

New & Notes

  • North Dakota State looks for its first championship title since 2010.
  • The Bison return to the championship final after losing in the 2016 semifinals.
  • O'Brien's goal broke a streak of 624 consecutive minutes of shutout action by SDSU.
  • Loss today snapped SDSU's win streak of nine and unbeaten streak of 11. The unbeaten streak ranks third and the win streak ranks fifth in Summit League history.
  • NDSU lost its first eight games of the season and did not score in the first seven, but proved today that it's not how you start, but how you finish.

ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.

 

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