Denver Advances Into #SummitWSOC Championship Final

Denver advanced to their third-straight #SummitWSOC title with a 3-0 win against No. 4 seed North Dakota
Denver advanced to their third-straight #SummitWSOC title with a 3-0 win against No. 4 seed North Dakota

2019 Women's Soccer Championship Page

Box Score (PDF)

Video: Head Coach Jeff Hooker | Video: Sophomore Forward Sami Feller | Video: Highlights

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Denver got its first two goals from an All-First Team recipient as the top-seeded Pioneers blanked fourth-seeded North Dakota 3-0 in Thursday's first semifinal at the #SummitWSOC Championship, presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare. With the win at Fishback Soccer Complex, the Pioneers earned the right to defend their back-to-back tournament titles as they advanced to the finals for the third consecutive year.

Sami Feller scored DU's first goal on a breakaway goal in the 48th-minute and the assist came from Defensive Player of the Year Cheyenne Shorts. 

Feller extended Denver's advantage in the 70th-minute as she scored her eighth goal of the campaign. Feller's connection made it a 2-0 contest and came off a cross from junior midfielder Meg Halvorson. The third and final goal came in the 86th-minute of the match on a North Dakota own goal from Ashley Ebeling.

Maya Yapello had a team-high three shots for UND with two of those coming on goal, but the Fighting Hawks could not get anything past DU goalkeeper Brittany Wilson, who picked up her eighth shutout of the season.

Denver will play the winner of the matchup between No. 2 seed South Dakota State and No. 3 seed Oral Roberts in Saturday's title match set for Noon CT at the Fishback Soccer Complex.

Turning point

  • Denver took advantage of a breakaway opportunity to take a 1-0 lead as Feller connected on her seventh goal of the season. 

Inside the box score

  •  Denver held just a 16-9 edge in shots, but nine of those were on goal while the Fighting Hawks only made Denver goalkeeper Brittany Wilson make five saves.

News & Notes

  • This is Denver's third-consecutive appearance in The Summit League Championship title game. The Pioneers beat Omaha 4-0 in the 2018 match and NDSU 2-1 in the 2017 tilt.
  • Sami Feller scored her team-leading seventh and eighth goals of the season and took the team lead in points with 18.
  • Denver defeated South Dakota State 2-1 on its home pitch during the regular season matchup, while the Pioneers recorded a 1-1 double overtime draw at Oral Roberts

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