Women's Soccer - DU's 111 Year Old Athletic Team Record In-Tact
DU soccer women (1-11-1) stopped their losing streak tonight with a 1-0 victory over IPFW. The victory ensured that Denver would extend DU's 111 year old streak of no zero-win seasons for any DU athletic team.
Women's soccer has been a flagship program for DU. Over the preceding five years their record is an impressive 80-20-8. In 35 years of women's soccer, even before the superlative recent seasons from Head Coach Jeff Hooker, the team only suffered four losing seasons - '83, '85, '04, & '05. So, there is little doubt that this season is an aberration.
LetsGoDU went back and looked at the records for DU's sports teams to see how many DU teams have faced winless seasons. We looked at men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse. In the history of team records, we cannot find a team that suffered an entire season with no wins. Men's basketball had four one-win seasons 1905 (played 5), 1908 (played 1), 1913 (played 5), and 1920 (played 9). Men's lacrosse had one win in 1984 against Farleigh Dickinson. All the other teams had two or more wins during their worst seasons.
The most surprising observation after going through the record books was the number of conferences DU has competed in over time. Also, by and large, each of DU programs have enjoyed periods of great success. And of course, who wouldn't have wanted to watch the 1905 and 1915 undefeated (.1000) Pioneer men's basketball teams with a 1-0 and 8-0 records respectively.
The women's soccer team has two games remaining in Denver - Western Illinois (10/23) and IUPUI (10/25). Road games remain against UNO (10/30), and Oral Roberts (11/1). So, a number of opportunities to secure their second win and more. They must finish in the top four in The Summit League to advance to the Conference Championship. They are currently 1-3 in The Summit - so a tough hill to climb.
Congratulations to the Pioneer soccer team on a well deserved victory. Go Pioneers!