For the second-consecutive season, Dixie State men’s soccer senior defender Bryan Baugh and women’s soccer senior forward Darian Murdock were each named to their respective CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Soccer Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Baugh and Murdock will now advance to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Baugh (6-foot-2; Henderson, Nevada/Green Valley HS), who earned CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-America honors last season and is now a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 (2015-16) selection, carries a 3.88 GPA in criminal justice. He was voted first-team all-Pacific West Conference this season after he anchored a DSU defense that recorded five shutout wins and surrendered just 24 goals in 17 matches overall (1.38 GAA).
He also tallied two goals on the offensive side, including his fourth career goal in the season finale win over Azusa Pacific last Saturday, and assisted on another score earlier this season. Baugh finished his four-year career tied atop DSU’s career assists list (14), second in career starts (63) and fourth in career games played (65).
Murdock (5-4; Herriman, Utah/Herriman HS), who also earned CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-America honors and Academic All-District 8 recognition in 2016, owns a 3.98 GPA as a nursing major. Murdock repeated as PacWest Women’s Soccer Player of the Year after she 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 final 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. Murdock ended her four-year career as the DSU program 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).
The Academic All-District Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada, with District 8 including the Pacific West, California Collegiate and Great Northwest Athletic conferences.
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.