UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | February 23, 2024

Storm women’s soccer striving to finish top in conference

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Dixie State University played Western Wyoming Community College Saturday night in a scrimmage that ended in a 4-0 victory for DSU, a game DSU dominated in time of possession and goals scored. 

The game remained a scoreless tie until the 37th minute when DSU scored the first goal of the game, putting the Red Storm up 1-0 against WWCC. The score remained 1-0 going into halftime, but DSU would go on to score three more goals for an eventual 4-0 victory.

In the 60th minute, midfielder Kaisa Rogers, a senior accounting major from Springville, was taken down hard by a WWCC defender, resulting in a penalty kick for DSU that turned out to be successful, putting DSU up 2-0.

“I’ve been practicing penalty kicks for years and years,” Rogers said. “I was confident about scoring when I went up. I knew that I was going to make it.”

In the 88th minute, DSU added a fourth goal. After the ball bounced over the WWCC goalkeeper, Tori Washington, a criminal justice major from South Jordan, got into position behind the goal keeper and lightly kicked the ball into the net.

“I just read the play,” Washington said. “I watched what my teammates were doing and was able to put the ball in. I just want to work as hard as I can and leave everything on the field.”

For the majority of the game, DSU kept the ball in the WWCC end of the field, while only allowing four shots on goal.

DSU goalkeeper Danica Nusink made four saves and recorded her first shutout of the season. With the win on Saturday night, DSU improved to 2-0 on the season, remaining undefeated thus far. The DSU women have a goal to win their conference and reach the postseason.

“Our goal is to win,”said Rogers. “We want to play as a team and have good chemistry. Of all the four years that I have been here, this is the best team by far, and I am excited to see what we can do this season.”

Washington, who recorded a goal against WWCC and an assist against Heat 99 Football Club, agrees with her teammate Rogers that DSU has a goal of having a great season and making improvements.

“We want to finish top in our conference,” Washington said. “[We] also want to improve our record on away games.”  

 DSU out-shot WWCC 15-4. DSU officially opens the regular season on Sept. 3, vs Southern Utah University at 6 p.m. at Hansen stadium.