TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of Denver women’s soccer team got three goals from three different scorers to defeat a team that appeared in the NSCAA Poll for the first time since 2013 (1-0 at No. 17 BYU – 09/26/13), as the Pioneers took down [RV] Arizona State 3-1 in game four of the Sun Devil Desert Classic on Sunday night.
“That’s a great road win against a high quality opponent,” 25th year head coach Jeff Hooker said. “After watching Arizona State play before us on Friday I knew we would have our hands full. In the first 10 minutes we were night and day different from Friday. It obviously helps to get an early goal like we did tonight, and then being able to score off a set piece in the last few seconds before halftime topped off a great first half.”
Denver (2-4-0) got on the board early as sophomore forward Mary Dewalt (West Bend, Wisc.) opened her collegiate account in the fourth minute off redshirt-senior captain Francesca Garzelloni’s (Parker, Colo.) first of two assists on the night.
Just prior to Corey Rockwell’s halftime whistle, redshirt-senior Karina Fredette (Gatineau, Quebec) scored her seventh collegiate goal and her fourth as a Pioneer, converting a Lilly McSwain (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) pass for her first of the season.
Arizona State (3-1-1) cut the Denver lead in half in the 54th minute when Jazmarie Mader turned her defender on the top of the 18, and finished her fourth of the campaign just inside the far post off an Aly Moon helper.
Freshman midfielder Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.) restored the away side’s two goal advantage in the 73rd minute, netting Garzelloni’s pass to make it 3-1. Sunday’s final goal was also the first collegiate goal for Adler, and it was Garzelloni’s eighth career assist.
“The third goal gave us a little bit of cushion back, and I thought we did a quality job defending off the game in the last 10 minutes while trying to keep possession when we could,” Hooker said. “It was a game for us where our high intensity, work rate and attention to detail earned us a win tonight.”
Senior Cassidy Rey (Arcadia, Calif.) and freshman Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) split time in goal once again for Hooker’s side. Rey made a pair of saves in the opening 45 minutes and Wilson stopped four ASU shots, while allowing the Sun Devils’ second-half strike.
The Pioneers scored three goals away from home for the first time since doing so twice in the 2013 Summit League Tournament.
Sophomore Cristiana Behnken (Ogden, Utah) made her 2016 debut on Sunday night after sustaining an injury in the preseason. Behnken played 12 minutes off the bench. Denver had six players see 90 minutes of action in the second game of the Pioneers’ quick two-match road trip.