Dixie State women’s soccer program landed four players on the 2017 Pacific West Conference postseason awards list, which was announced on Wednesday.
For the second-consecutive year, senior forward Darian Murdock was voted PacWest Player of the Year and to the All-PacWest first team, while fellow senior Montana Hadley was named Conference Defender of the Year to go with first-team honors. In addition, senior midfielder Tana Singley collected second-team accolades, and freshman forward Tori Page was selected to the league’s third team.
Murdock (Herriman, Utah/Herriman HS) finished her final season ranked in the top 10 nationally in five statistical categories overall, including single-season school records for goals scored (19), game-winning goals (eight) and points (42). In all, Murdock’s name is etched atop five single-season statistical categories this year, including becoming the first player in program history to register three hat tricks in one season, and in all three instances she was named PacWest Player of the Week.
Murdock scored at least one goal in seven of her last nine starts, and in 11-of-18 matches overall with five multi-goal outings, while DSU played to a 10-1-0 record when she found the back of the net. She ended her four years at Dixie State as the program’s career leader in game-winning goals (16), and she will finish in the top three in career goals scored (42), career points (94), career shots (204) and career shots on goal (104).
Hadley (Bountiful, Utah/Bountiful HS) anchored a Trailblazer defensive unit that collected seven shutout wins in 2017 and surrendered just 19 goals in 18 matches (1,04 GAA), while it limited opponents to 5.1 shots per goal a game. On the offensive side, Hadley tallied eight total points in her last 11 games played to close out the year and finished tied for second on the team in assists (six) to go with two goals. She wrapped up her four-year career fourth in career assists (15) and second in career starts (71), having started in every DSU game played during that span.
Singley (Springville, Utah/Springville HS) finished the regular season tied for eighth in the NCAA DII ranks with a DSU single-season record 10 assists. Four of her dimes came in PacWest play, while she broke DSU's single-match record with four assists in a win over Westminster College, against which she scored one of her two goals on the season. That effort vs. Westminster also earned her PacWest Player of the Week honors.
Page (Centerville, Utah/Viewmont HS) finished her first collegiate season second on the team in goals scored with eight, while she tallied at least one point in eight of 18 matches played overall. She collected a goal and an assist in a win at Northwest Nazarene, which helped earn her PacWest Freshman of the Week honors, and Page recorded her first collegiate two-goal match in a home result vs. Westminster College.
California Baptist’s Sara Escobedo was named PacWest Goalkeeper of the Year, while Notre Dame de Namur forward Ellie Mujushi was named Freshman of the Year. Fresno Pacific also picked up two postseason awards as head coach Rob Podeyn was named Coach of the Year, and FPU midfielder Whitney Snow was voted the conference’s Newcomer of the Year.
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.