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Pioneers fall to Indiana

September 11, 2011 | 10:12 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

University of Denver men’s soccer player Nate Sackeyfio scored his first goal of the season, but the No. 20 Pioneers’ upset bid fell just short, as No. 6 Indiana edged DU 2-1 at the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at Notre Dame’s Alumni Stadium on Sunday morning.

Trailing by two goals early, the Pioneers (0-2-2) cut the deficit in half in the 41st minute. Alex Tarnoczi centered a pass from the left wing, and midfielder Mark Weigand headed the ball to Sackeyfio, whose header from six yards out found the back of the net.

Indiana (4-0-1) took an early lead with goals from Chris Estridge in the seventh minute and Alec Purdie in the 23rd minute, giving the Hoosiers a 2-1 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Denver out-shot Indiana 9-3, but Hoosiers goalkeeper Luis Soffner made eight saves in the game to preserve IU’s lead.

The Pioneers return home to CIBER Field next weekend to host Buffalo on Friday

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