While the Shore Family holds a reunion in Magness Arena on Friday night against the US National Development Team, The DU soccer team will be battling their arch rivals New Mexico with NCAA Tournament ramifications likely on the line.
College Soccer News recently named DU-New Mexico the 13th best men’s soccer rivalry in the nation. And like all good sports rivalries, the series has been close. New Mexico has a record of 16-13-3 against the Pioneers. In 15 of the past 17 meetings, the matches have been determined by one goal or ended in a tie. Last year, the home game with the Lobos was the most well attended of the Pioneers’ season.
“This is definitely one of those games that alumni, parents and people close to the program circle on their calendars,” says Bobby Muuss, DU men’s soccer head coach. “There is always a lot of excitement and support at the games against New Mexico, and the crowds continue to grow and get better every season.”
While the soccer is raging on the pitch, a different type of rivalry will be unfolding in Magness Arena. Twenty-five years after David and Sarah Shore met while attending law school at the University of Denver and chose a Pioneers hockey game as their first date, they will have an anniversary to remember Friday night at Magness Arena. Their sons will be front and center on the ice.
Drew Shore will direct DU's top line. Sophomore Nick Shore is the Pioneers' second-line center. And Quentin Shore, who will play for DU next season, will face his future team as a member of the U.S. National Development Program's (USNDP) 18-under team.
A fourth Shore brother, 12-year-old Baker, an elite hockey player as well, will be in the stands watching the exhibition game unfold with his proud parents.