ST. GEORGE — For the second consecutive season, Dixie State women’s soccer senior forward Darian Murdock and men’s soccer senior defender Bryan Baugh were each named to their respective 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Soccer Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday. Murdock earned First Team Academic All-America honors, while Baugh garnered Second Team All-America recognition.
Murdock (5-4; Herriman, Utah/Herriman HS), who also earned CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America honors in 2016 and is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 (2016-17) pick, owns a 3.98 GPA as a nursing major. Murdock’s academic award capped an award-winning season as she repeated as PacWest Women’s Soccer Player of the Year and earned D2CCA West Region Player of the Year and D2CCA Second Team All-American honors.
She finished the 2017 regular season ranked in the top 10 nationally in five statistical categories overall, including single-season school records for goals scored (19), game-winning goals (8), and points (42). In all, Murdock’s name is etched atop five DSU 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 as the Dixie State’s career leader in game-winning goals (16) and finished third all-time in career goals (42), career points (94), career shots (204) and career shots on goal (104).
Baugh (6-2; Henderson, Nevada/Green Valley HS), who earned CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America honors last season and is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 (2015-17) selection, carries a 3.88 GPA in criminal justice. He was voted first-team all-Pacific West Conference and second team all-D2CCA West Region this past 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, who earned D2CCA Honorable Mention All-America accolades in 2016, 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).
The 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division II men’s and women’s soccer teams include the student-athletes across the United States and Canada and recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.
CoSIDA began the distinguished Academic All-America program in the 1950's, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite Academic All-America scholar-athlete honors. Currently, CoSIDA honors Academic All-Americas in 12 sports.
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.