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Dixie State soccer: Trailblazers drop heartbreaker to Concordia-Irvine

Dixie State’s women’s soccer team saw its hopes of a possible Pacific West Conference title come to an end as Concordia-Irvine scored a goal with 38 seconds remaining to hand the Trailblazers a 1-0 loss Thursday night at Legend Solar Stadium.

The Trailblazers (10-7-0, 8-4-0 PacWest), who were held to just four shots on goal on the night, had a great look at the match’s first goal midway through the first half as junior Montana Hadley boomed a corner kick deep into the Eagles penalty area to senior Alexis Torres, but her header fell just wide of the mark.

DSU had another solid chance three minutes into the second half when junior Darian McCloy attempted a header from 5 yards out, but the PacWest’s leading scorer’s chance sailed just over the crossbar. Freshman Capri Goldsmith had an open look at her first collegiate goal 18 minutes later, but CUI keeper Jazmin Alvarez made the save to deny the chance. Senior Erica Gonzalez followed suit two minutes with a rocket shot off her right boot from 30 yards away, but again the ball managed to sail just over the crossbar.

Concordia-Irvine (11-2-4, 7-2-3 PacWest), which only attempted two shots in the second half and nine in the match, put together a late push deep inside the DSU back third and managed to draw a foul on the Trailblazers just outside of the penalty area with 42 ticks remaining. Eagle forward Natalie Werner played a free kick from the right wing to the left post, where Keely Abt redirected the ball into the net for the eventual game-winning goal.

DSU could not mount a late charge in the waning moments, and the Eagles escaped with a victory. Dixie State outshot CUI, 12-9, though the Eagles owned a 5-4 edge in shots on frame.

Dixie State closes out the 2016 regular season this Saturday vs. PacWest rival California Baptist at Legend Solar Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday’s match will also serve as Senior Night as seven Trailblazer seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony prior to kickoff.

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.