After recovering from back-to-back knee surgeries, redshirt senior Alex Kronenberg (Boulder, Colo.) scored his second goal in the past three Denver Men’s Soccer home games for the win against Eastern Illinois on Saturday in his home Denver Soccer Stadium.
The Pioneers beat Eastern Illinois 1-0 with Kronenberg’s goal. The Pioneers turned a complete performance Saturday night, outshooting the visitors 14-3, and creating the only three corners of Saturday night’s match.
“Credit Eric (Kronenberg) for a great run and we got some good build up play from Andre (Shinyashiki) and Ken (Akamatsu). Eric makes us different off the bench. He’s a big time player that can deliver those big time moments for us,” head coach Jamie Franks said.
“I think when the guys are locked in, they play their role, they are resilient and they stay together, they are a really difficult team to beat,” Franks said. “At the end of the day, we should have finished the game off earlier.”
Kronenberg recorded the 12th goal of his career in the 52nd minute, beating the keeper one-on-one after a through ball from junior striker Andre Shinyashiki (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
“I was talking to Andre before the second half, and we noticed the space in the back to play a ball in from the nine,” Kronenberg said. “I told him I was going to make that run off him when we were in together. He played a great ball in, and then I just had to take a touch, and put it in the near post.”
The redshirt-senior is now two goals outside of Denver’s career record book top-10, and moved into a tie with Shinyashiki for fifth in career game winning goals with six. Shinyashiki moved into sole possession of sixth in career points with 45.
DU Soccer will begin a four-match road swing on Tuesday when the Pioneers travel to Tulsa. The non-league match is set to kickoff at 6 p.m. Denver will then resume Summit League next Saturday at Fort Wayne at 5 p.m., followed by a trip to Oral Roberts on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. The Crimson and Gold will close out the road swing with another mid-week game, this time on Oct. 25 at New Mexico at 7 p.m.