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Pioneers win conference opener

September 23, 2011 | 9:19 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

The University of Denver women’s soccer team avenged its loss against Middle Tennessee in the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Championship game on Friday, earning a 4-2 win over the Blue Raiders in the SBC opener for both teams.

Kristen Hamilton led DU with her second two-goal game of the season, while Nicholette DiGiacomo and Bria Beardsley also scored. Goalkeeper Lara Campbell made one save in the win.

DiGiacomo opened the scoring in the fifth minute on Kari Storslett’s first assist of the season.

Hamilton gave the Pioneers a 2-0 advantage in the 18th minute off a set-piece. Beardsley sent the corner kick into the Blue Raiders six-yard box and Hamilton got the loose ball on her foot, and put it by the keeper.

Middle Tennessee closed the gap to 2-1 on a bomb off the foot of sophomore midfielder Jessika Oseguera in the 21st minute from 25 yards out.

Defender Sam Harder scored her first career goal in the 33rd minute catching the MT keeper off her line, bouncing a shot under the cross bar to make it 3-1.

Hamilton scored her second of the match, and her sixth of the season in the 78th minute as she deflected a shot off the foot of Beardsley into the back of the net.

Before DU finished its celebration of Hamilton’s goal that put the Pioneers up 4-1, senior forward Shan Jones scored her third goal of the season from just inside the box to bring the Blue Raiders back to within two.

Next Up: The Pioneers will end their current four game home-stand on Sunday when they host to Western Kentucky at 1 p.m.

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