SAN FRANCISCO – It was the best of halves, it was the worst of halves on Thursday as the Dixie State women’s soccer team came back from a three-goal deficit after the first half to post a 4-3 win over Academy of Art in Pacific West Conference action by the bay.
The aggressive Red Storm (2-3-2/2-1 PWC) got a pair of goals from Jennifer Mason, an equalizer from Megan Marchbanks, and the game-winner from Kelsey Tesoro to hand the Urban Knights (2-5/0-3 PWC) a loss.
ART U took seven shots in the opening 45 minutes, but scored three goals thanks, in some part, to Jasmine Sharp on each occasion. The midfielder had a goal and two assists for the 3-0 lead at the break.
Mason sliced the lead to one with her goals coming 62 seconds apart in the 57th and 58th minutes. The first came from close range after a Marchbanks assist. Mason struck from 25 yards out on the left side for the second goal.
Marchbanks found the equalizer from just inside 20 yards. She beat her defender and knocked the ball in from the right side.
In the 85th minute, Tesoro put the Red Storm ahead from the left side, 14 yards clear of the net.
Dixie State out shot the Urban Knights 16 to 4 in the second half and 22 to 11 overall. Mason outpaced all players with seven shots.
Abby Johnson saw only five shots on goal, making saves on two of them for the win in net.
A meeting with Holy Names awaits DSC on Saturday to close out the trip to the Bay Area. The game is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.
MEN'S SCORE: DSC 1 , ACADEMY OF ART 1
On Thursday, Dixie State College could not hold on to a late second-half advantage and eventually settled for a 1-1 draw in Pacific West Conference play with Academy of Art University.
“We go up early thanks to a nice cross,” Danny Ortiz said.
Seph Azevedo deposited the loose ball in the net in the 43rd minute.
The lead held into the final minutes when the Urban Knights scored from close range off a corner kick in the 82nd minute.
Dixie State was the shot aggressors in the overtime period, compiling seven shots to ART U’s one. The teams ended the match even in the shot column with 19 a piece.
“Erik Schallenberger was excellent today and Tyler (Walters) always keeps us in games,” Ortiz added.
Schallenberger led all DSC players with four shots, while Ryan Benevente put two shots on goal. Watlers had seven saves in 110 minutes between the pipes.
The Red Storm (1-5-1/0-2-1 PWC) had three shots clang off the post, keeping the thrills of victory waiting for another day.
“Our spirits are still high. We are playing good soccer,” Ortiz said.
John Potter is the "Voice of the Red Storm" and an athletic media relation assistant at Dixie State College. Contact him at Potter@dixie.edu.