Score: No. 2 Denver 2, No. 4 North Dakota State 1
Records: Denver (11-8-1), North Dakota State (8-11-0)
Location: Dacotah Field, Fargo, N.D.
FARGO, N.D. – No. 2 seed Denver scored in the 85th minute to defeat No. 4 seed and host North Dakota State 2-1 Saturday afternoon at a snowy Dacotah Field. After a crazy final 10 minutes of the second half, Denver advances to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013.
Play was even through the start of the first half. Mariah Haberle's shot slid wide left in the 15th minute for North Dakota State. Two minutes later, senior forward Holly Enderle had a good look in the box that also sailed wide left. Both teams battled sleet and wind trying to get something going.
Denver finally reached a breakthrough in the 32nd minute. Freshman of the Year Meg Halvorson drove to the right side of the box and played with pace across to Offensive Player of the Year Jessie Dancy, who slotted home her 14th goal of the season. Dancy's goal was her second of the tournament, after netting the game-winning goal against South Dakota State Thursday in the first minute of the semifinals. Denver and North Dakota State tallied an even three shots apiece through the first 45.
The second half featured much of the same back-and-forth battle as the first, but the tide turned the host's way when the Bison's Britney Monteon went streaking down the right side of the field and was taken down in the box by Denver keeper Brittany Wilson. Wilson was issued a yellow card for the play.
Roxy Roemer took the ensuing penalty kick for the Bison, blasting the ball to her left, while the keeper dove right, to even the score at one apiece in the 83rd.
Two minutes and twelve seconds later Denver senior forward Angelica Pacheco received a pass from Dancy, sprinted behind the back four, and slotted home the game-winning goal. Pacheco's goal was her first of the year. The last time Pacheco scored was in the semifinals of the 2016 #SummitWSOC Championship, also held at Dacotah Field.
Denver wins the #SummitWSOC Championship title for the first time since 2013. This is their second Championship title in The Summit League. North Dakota State outshot Denver 12 – 6 in the match, while each team took three corners.
- Denver's Pacheco beat the Bison's back four to slot home the game-winning goal in the 85th minute, only two minutes and 12 seconds after Roemer had equalized for the Bison.
Inside the box score
- Offensive Player of the Year Jessie Dancy netted her 14th goal of the season, second of the tournament. She is currently tied for fourth in single season goal scoring in Summit League history.
- North Dakota State outshot Denver by a margin of 12 – 6.
- Roemer's goal was her first of the season.
- Halvorson's assist was her second of the season.
News & Notes
- Denver took home its first title since 2013, second Championship title in program history in The Summit League.
- This is the first time the No. 2 seed has won the Championship since North Dakota State won the 2010 title.
- After only netting two goals through her first three seasons, Dancy has scored 14 goals in the 2017 season.
- 14 goals in 2017, two goals from 2014-2016
- Pacheco's goal was her first since the 2016 semifinals of the #SummitWSOC Championship, also held at Dacotah field.
- Anna Gornell, Oral Roberts
- Caroline Frank, Oral Roberts
- Jennie Scislow, South Dakota State
- Julia Lam, South Dakota State
- Roxy Roemer, North Dakota State
- Mallory Fenske, North Dakota State
- Anna Reinholz, North Dakota State
- Jessie Dancy, Denver
- Brittany Wilson, Denver
- Brittney Lewis, Denver
- MVP – Angelica Pacheco
- Denver earns The Summit League's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Selection Show will air Monday, Nov. 6 at 3:30 pm CT (4:30 pm ET) on NCAA.com.