Dixie State’s men’s soccer team ran its winning streak to three straight and opened up Pacific West Conference play with a 2-1 result over Azusa Pacific on Thursday night in Azusa, California.
DSU (3-3-0, 1-0-0 PacWest) opened the scoring early in the 21st minute when freshman Moises Medina played a ball to the left wing to junior Ather Dawood, who fired home a blast from 15 yards out to score his second goal in as many matches to give the Trailblazers a 1-0 lead.
Dixie State tallied an insurance goal midway through the 50th minute when sophomore Gabby Medina won a scramble for the ball and found freshman Christian Hall (two), who found the back of the net from 18 yards away to pad the advantage at 2-0.
APU (0-3-2, 0-1-0 PacWest) got one of the goals back at the 54:03 mark to cut the deficit to 2-1, but that would be one of only two shots on goal the Trailblazer defense would surrender in the stanza as DSU picked up its first-ever win over the Cougars in six matches.
Azusa Pacific outshot DSU, 15-10, though the Trailblazers held a 6-4 edge in shots on frame, with Dawood and Hall combining for four of DSU’s six shots on target. Senior netminder Bradley Trella three saves to earn the decision in goal.
DSU now heads south to San Diego for a PacWest match at Point Loma this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PT.
Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.