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DU dedicates field; Skyhawks soar over it

April 18, 2010 | 8:41 am No comments
By Shaun Schafer

It was difficult to call Saturday's clash a meaningless spring game, as this clash at midfield indicates. The visiting Fort Lewis Skyhawks beat the host DU Pioneers 4-1. (Photo by Jessica Taves/ColoradoSoccerNow.com)

The University of Denver dedicated its soccer field Saturday, but it was the visiting Fort Lewis Skyhawks who got to christen the field with goals and a spring win.

 A sellout crowd of 2,083 got to watch the 2009 NCAA Division II champs dismantle the host Pioneers 4-1, after the DU women tied rival Wyoming 0-0 in the early game.

In the 14th minute, Fort Lewis’ Euan Purcell was taken down in the box and buried the ensuing penalty kick. Less than a minute later, Byron Cephers received a pass on the right side of the box and scored to the opposite side of the goal.

The Skyhawks added a third goal in the 54th minute, when Purcell centered a pass to Thomas Hoang, who headed it in.

Denver newcomer Theodor Remman put Denver on the board in the 59th minute, heading in a pass from Alex DeCosta. However, Hoang scored again in the 68th minute off a cross from Purcell.

 Between spring games, DU Chancellor Robert D. Coombe joined DU Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Peg Bradley-Doppes, men’s soccer head coach Bobby Muuss, women’s head coach Jeff Hooker and DU Board of Trustee member KC Gallagher, as well as donors and members of both Denver soccer teams in dedicating CIBER Field at the DU Soccer Stadium.

 “This soccer stadium is the last jewel in our crown of beautiful facilities at the Ritchie Center,” Bradley-Doppes said, adding that DU plans to use the stadium to host conference tournaments and NCAA tournaments.

“This was a special night for Denver soccer,” Muuss said. “Not only did we get to celebrate the dedication ceremony with so many of the people who put in so much hard work to get this stadium built, but we brought a sellout crowd out to watch soccer in this beautiful facility.”

 The field is named after CIBER, Inc., an international IT outsourcing and software implementation and integration consultancy based in Greenwood Village, Colo. CIBER’s contributions were instrumental in building the field, and it provides ongoing support to Pioneer Athletics.

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