Dixie State’s women’s soccer team ended its 2017 season on a sour note as the Trailblazers dropped a 2-1 Senior Night decision to Azusa Pacific on Saturday at Legend Solar Stadium. DSU closed the year with a 12-6-0 overall record, which included a tied for fifth place finish in its final season of Pacific West Conference play at 8-5-0 (24 points).
The Trailblazers took an early 1-0 lead at the 9:53 mark of the first half when freshman Tori Page picked up her eighth goal of the year on a 30-yard blast set up by Kilee Lamb feed. APU (9-5-2, 9-2-2 PacWest) netted the equalizer nearly five minutes later on a Stephanie Lossau penalty kick following a DSU handball foul inside the Trailblazer penalty area.
Lossau struck again six-plus minutes later when she finished a center ball played in by Katelyn Rogers from 8 yards out to give the Cougars a one-goal advantage.
DSU, which was credited with 10 of its 20 shots on goal, had plenty of chances to pull even during the final 69 minutes of play, but it could not find the back of the net. Senior Darian Murdock just missed on a pair of shot attempts midway through the first half, while freshman Jill Bennett’s header moments before the halftime horn was stopped by Cougar netminder Zoey Bauman.
Dixie State tallied five more shots on goal in the second stanza, but Bauman managed to turn away each Trailblazer attempt to secure the win for her side.
“We played a really good game tonight and deserved a better result,” DSU head coach Kacey Bingham said. “It was a great season and we had a great team. Our seniors have been awesome all year.”
Murdock, who finished with a DSU single-season record 19 goals and 42 career goals in her four seasons in a DSU kit, tallied a match-high six shot attempts, two on frame, while Page was credited with three attempts. The 12 Trailblazer wins this season are the most in Bingham’s five-year tenure at DSU.
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.