No. 18 ranked Azusa Pacific University Cougars beat Dixie State University 4-1 Thursday, and the Point Loma Sea Lions beat DSU 3-0 Saturday morning.
Azusa Pacific scored three times in the second half, and DSU could not catch up, losing its Pacific West Conference opener.
APU scored first in the 32nd minute on a free kick from 25 yards out. Forward Jasmine Arollo, a senior integrated studies major from Glendale, Arizona, scored the equalizer late in the first half. It was Jasmine Arollo’s fourth goal of the season after scoring a hat trick in the previous game. Jasmine Arollo’s goal ended APU’s 408 minute and 52 second defensive shutout streak, which spanned over five matches.
The tie did not last long as APU would go on to score in the 58th minute and add an insurance goal in the 68th minute. The match was put out of reach for DSU when APU scored in the 84th minute to increase its lead to 4-1.
“We didn’t come out confident,” said defender Montana Tanner, a sophomore accounting major from Bountiful. “We didn’t play like we know how to play. We will bounce back. We will keep working.”
DSU played the Point Loma Sea Lions at home in its second conference match of the season.
Junior midfielder Aubri Detmer had a chance to score early on in the 14th minute, beating PLU goalkeeper Ariel Arollo, but the ball rolled inches left of the net. The game remained scoreless until the 45th minute of play. With 14 seconds left until halftime, PLU scored the first goal of the game, beating senior goalkeeper Stacie Gubler. PLU did not have a shot on goal until the 26th minute of play but scored on its fourth shot of the game.
In the 69th minute, PLU added a second goal, beating Gubler again to increase the lead to 2-0. In the 81st minute, PLU scored its third and final goal of the match to increase its lead 3-0. The score would remain and be its final score.
“One of our team goals is to be a family,” said forward Courtney Fryer, a sophomore general education major from Spanish Fork. “Despite our losses, and the way we have been playing in these last few games, I think we can pull it together and connect. We are a good team; we just had a few setbacks.”
With those two losses, DSU’s record fell to 2-4 on the season and 0-2 in PacWest play. DSU’s next game will be against Dominican University in San Rafael, California, Oct 2.