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Pioneers Earn 2-1 Win over Northern Colorado

Article Written by Niko Blankenship
Published: August 19, 2012
<p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;"><strong>COLORADO SPRINGS</strong><em>&nbsp;</em>- Two goals from senior forward&nbsp;<strong><a class="biolink" href=";ATCLID=3753760&amp;DB_OEM_ID=18600" data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card">Kaitlin Bast</a></strong>&nbsp;(Centennial, Colo.) and an organized performance in the back, gave the University of Denver women's soccer team a 2-1 win over Northern Colorado on Sunday afternoon at Stewart Field on the campus of Colorado College.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">"We gave up that first goal in the first half off a shot/cross that kind of trickled in there. We didn't get pressure on the ball," head coach&nbsp;<strong><a class="biolink" href=";ATCLID=1152920&amp;DB_OEM_ID=18600" data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card">Jeff Hooker</a>&nbsp;</strong>said. "I thought in the second half we did a really good job. The times where they had the ball in the box with a chance to face the goal and get shots off, we did a really good job of being patient and double teaming in the proper way."</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">Northern Colorado (0-2) opened the scoring in the 16<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;minute on a ball from sophomore forward Juliana Grover that was played over senior goalkeeper&nbsp;<strong><a id="biolink_1" class="biolink" href=";ATCLID=3753449&amp;DB_OEM_ID=18600" data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card">Lara Campbell</a>'s</strong>(Anchorage Alaska) head, off the inside of the far post and into the back of the net.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">The Pioneers (1-1) equalized in the 29<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;minute on Bast's first of two goals. Junior defender&nbsp;<strong><a class="biolink" href=";ATCLID=204893932&amp;DB_OEM_ID=18600" data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card">Cassidy Larson</a>&nbsp;</strong>(Eldorado Springs, Colo.) found space down the left side and got to the endline before cutting it back 12 yards out in the middle of the box for freshman midfielder&nbsp;<strong><a class="biolink" href=";ATCLID=205376157&amp;DB_OEM_ID=18600" data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card">Francesca Garzelloni</a>&nbsp;</strong>(Parker, Colo.). Garzelloni slid a ball on the ground for Bast, who played it across the face of goal and inside the far post to tie the game at one.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">Denver grabbed the lead in the 35<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;minute when junior midfielder&nbsp;<strong><a class="biolink" href=";ATCLID=204968527&amp;DB_OEM_ID=18600" data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card">Nicholette DiGiacomo</a>&nbsp;</strong>(Golden, Colo.) played a ball over the Tigers' backline. Bast was able to beat the offside trap and get behind the defense before striking it past UNC keeper Natalie D'Adamio to give DU its first lead of the season.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">The goals were the 30<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and 31<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;of Bast's career, and moved her in-front of Jenni Harris for eighth on Denver's all-time points list. Bast now has 76 career points.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">"We couldn't take her off the field," Hooker said of Bast's first-half performance. "We went very deep into our bench, but you're going to have times in the beginning of the season where she might get a little bit tired, but her value today was just great. She showed up everywhere."</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">The Crimson and Gold saw the game out in the second half, creating a few chances, but limiting the Bears' opportunities to find an equalizer of their own.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">Denver held an 11-4 advantage in shots, including 9-1 on goal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">Denver will stay in Colorado for a pair of matches next weekend as the Pioneers play in the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic in Boulder, Colo. The Pioneers will open with Wright State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. MT, before wrapping up the tournament against LIU Brooklyn on Sunday at 11 a.m. MT.&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">-EXPERIENCE DENVER ATHLETICS-</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">Like Denver Pioneers and Denver Women's Soccer on Facebook</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; font-size: small;">Follow @DU_Pioneers and @DU_WSoccer on Twitter&nbsp;</span></p>
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