Dixie State’s women’s soccer team opened Pacific West Conference play on a sour note as the Trailblazers were shut out at Azusa Pacific, 2-0, on Thursday night in Azusa, California.

After both teams played a scoreless first half, the Cougars (3-2-1, 1-0-0 PacWest) erupted for two quick goals five minutes into the second stanza to bolt out to their two-goal advantage. APU’s Victoria Kovatch tallied the game’s first goal at the 48:57 mark, and Kelsey Bushman followed with a score just 57 seconds later to provide the winning margin.

DSU (2-4-0, 0-1-0 PacWest) was held to just two shots on goal and six total shot attempts for the match, three in each half, while APU racked up 11 shots in the second half to finish with 14 for the game, including seven on frame overall.

Junior Darian McCloy led DSU with three shot attempts, while sophomore Nichole Mertz and senior Megan Spencer accounted for both Trailblazer shots on frame. Senior goalkeeper Angelica Ciucci made five saves in a losing effort.

DSU travels to San Diego for a PacWest match at Point Loma this Saturday at 2 p.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.