UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | January 26, 2023

Hawaii trip yields men’s first win, women improve to 2-1

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Dixie State University soccer teams both received wins against Chaminade University Monday in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Both teams were in Hawaii on a Pacific West Conference road trip. The men’s team sought its first win of the season while the women’s team had the opportunity to earn its first conference win of the season. 

 

Women’s Soccer

DSU shut out Chaminade University 4-0 on Monday. DSU scored one goal in the first half and three in the second to defeate CU.

The Storm earned its second road conference win Saturday afternoon in the rains of Hawaii. The close match ended in a 2-1 victory for the Storm.

Sophomore forward Aubri Detmer and junior midfielder Kaisa Rogers scored the goals. It was the first goal of the season for each of the players.

“I was so excited,” said Rogers, a communication major from Springville. “Before I took the shot, I knew it was going in the back of the net. It was the best feeling ever.”

Detmer’s goal came early in the game during the 6th minute of play off a free kick and pass from Rogers. Detmer put it away past the keeper on the far post.

DSU was unable to hold on to the lead as one of its defenders was stripped of the ball with five minutes left in the half. BYU-Hawaii scored to tie the match.

Freshman keeper Danica Nusink gave a great performance in the second half to hold BYU-H to only the one goal. She made two saves early in the half when BYU-H was attacking with pressure. Nusink had six saves overall for the game.

The game was tightly fought by both teams, but DSU came out on top in the 79th minute when Rogers put away the game winner. Rogers scored after a pass from junior forward Erica Gonzalez.   

“The team is really excited.” Rogers said. “We haven’t beat BYU-Hawaii in a long time, so we were stoked. That game gave us really good momentum.”

The win gives DSU an overall record of 4-4-1 and a conference record of 2-1-0.

The Storm play Hawaii Pacific University Thursday in Kaneohe, Hawaii at 7 p.m.

 

Men’s Soccer

The Storm grasped their first win of the season in Hawaii against Chaminade University on Monday. DSU defeated CU 2-1 in a close battle. 

DSU men’s soccer team also played BYU-Hawaii on Saturday, but the result did not favor the Storm.

The Storm lost 5-0 and gave up three goals in the first half. The first came only two minutes into the game, and DSU couldn’t get back up after the initial blow.

“We need to find a way to get everyone onthe same page for 90 minutes.” said head coach Danny Ortiz. “I have to do a better job, period, but I am very confident that this group of young men can get this turned around.”

The Storm were out-shot 19-14 in the game with the BYU-H keeper making 10 saves.

The loss is DSU’s fifth straight and first time it was held scoreless since its opening 0-0 draw with Cal Poly Pomona.

DSU was able to match BYU-H in shots in the second half but still let two more goals find the back of the net. Senior keeper Spencer Anderson made five saves during the match.

Sophomore midfielder Sean Jenne came off the bench and led the Storm in shots with three. Other contributors were junior midfielder Alex Galvan and senior midfielder Nadav Elimelech; both players had two shots on goal.

DSU will play Hawaii Pacific University on Thursday in Kaneohe, Hawaii at 4:30 p.m.