The Dixie State College women’s soccer team took a 1-0 win against Point Loma Nazarene University Saturday.
The Red Storm won this game for multiple reasons, one being they out shot the Sea Lions 16-6 throughout the entire game.
Both teams went scoreless until the 67th minute when DSC’s sophomore forward Kelsey Hansen found the back of the net. The shot was made by taking advantage of the Point Loma’s goalkeeper. Hansen displayed a header over the goalkeeper’s head and chased it down and shot the ball, which was the first and final goal of the game.
Midfielder Kasia Goodman, a freshman general education major from Springville, said the team has been focused on this win.
“We’ve been working a lot on defense and conditioning and just working together as a team,” Goodman said.
Aarika Andersen, a sophomore communication major from Bountiful, said the team was focused on scoring fast and finishing attempts at the goal.
“So far I think we’re really good at passing and being creative with our plays,” Andersen said. “We just need to play quicker and work on shooting and scoring.”
Senior goalkeeper Abby Johnson had one save at the goal and earned her second consecutive shutout.
This game was the Sea Lions’ first loss of the season and snapped their six-game winning streak. Hansen’s goal also broke PLNU’s consecutive minute shutout streak at 445.
This win put DSC and PLNU tied at the top of the PacWest standings at 4-1-0.
Goodman said the team has the confidence to keep the season positive.
“I think we had a few rough preseason games,” Goodman said. “We had a rough start, but now we’re really starting to pick it up and we’re going to finish strong. We’re going to stay strong and finish strong.”
Andersen also said she thinks the season has been going well and is looking forward to the rest of the season.
“I’m really excited about the season,” Andersen said. “I think that we have been playing really well, and I love all the girls. They’re a lot of fun, so it’ll be a really fun year. I’m excited.”
The Red Storm played again Monday night against University of Hawaii-Hilo and took another 1-0 win.
Sophomore forward Jennifer Mason took the shot from the middle of the field in the 69th minute and found the back of the net.
Hilo had a chance to score in the first half when junior forward Analysa Rodriguez had a clear shot that bounced off the left post, but DSC stopped the Vulcans and advanced to 5-3-2 for the overall season.