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Dixie State soccer: DSU rallies past Notre Dame de Namur in OT, 2-1

Dixie State’s men’s soccer team clinched at least a share of the Pacific West Conference title Monday afternoon with a thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind overtime victory over Notre Dame de Namur at Legend Solar Stadium.

The win, the Trailblazers’ 13th-straight overall, moved DSU (13-3-0) to 11-0-0 (33 points) in league play and a full two games in the PacWest standings ahead of second-place Concordia-Irvine (9-2-0, 27 points), which the Trailblazers will face this Thursday at home.

After a scoreless first half, NDNU (8-8-0, 6-5-0 PacWest) broke through with the game’s first goal in the 53rd minute when Naia Graham cashed in an odd-man rush with a goal just inside the right post past DSU keeper Bradley Trella to stake the Argonauts to a 1-0 lead.

Dixie State had a good look at the equalizer two minutes later as freshman Christian Hall headed a ball from inside the 6-yard box, but Argonaut netminder Alex Clewis turned the chance away. Later in the frame, freshman Moises Medina sent a ball into sophomore Dominic Damato, but Damato’s shot was blocked while Medina had a chance with 12:35 to play, but again Clewis came up with a save to deny DSU the tying goal.

The Trailblazers finally solved Clewis with 7:18 remaining in regulation when senior Bernard Manuel, who had just checked into the match, headed home a ball played in by a strong throw-in by junior Bryan Baugh to knot the match at 1-1. It was Manuel’s first goal of the season, while Baugh recorded his 11th-career assist to become DSU’s career assist leader.

DSU then netted the game-winning goal with 4:08 left in the first overtime period when freshman Blake Damato booted a corner kick deep into the NDNU penalty area to senior Kris Evans, who headed home his first career goal to complete the comeback.

Dixie State outshot NDNU, 16-14, though the Argonauts held an 11-7 edge on frame. Trella stopped nine Argonauts shots, while the defense was credited with one team save.

The Trailblazers will now play for the outright PacWest championship when they host Concordia-Irvine this Thursday at 4:30 p.m., at Legend Solar Stadium.

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.