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Dixie State soccer: DSU lands three on All-PacWest postseason awards list

Dixie State women’s soccer program landed three players on the 2016 Pacific West Conference postseason awards list, which was announced on Wednesday. Junior forward Darian McCloy was named PacWest Player of the Year and to the All-PacWest first team, while senior midfielder Megan Spencer and junior defender Montana Hadley each earned second team all-conference honors.

McCloy finished the regular season as the PacWest's leading goal scorer (12) and was second overall in total points (26). She accounted for 12 of DSU's 27 goals on the year with a school-record five game-winning goals to her credit, including the Trailblazers’ final goal of the year in their dramatic 2-1 overtime home win over California Baptist last Saturday night.

Nine of McCloy’s 12 goals on the year came in PacWest play, and she has scored at least one goal in nine of DSU's 18 matches overall. She recorded her first collegiate hat trick in a win at Hawai'i Pacific, which led to the second of her two PacWest Player of the Week awards. In her two-plus seasons in a DSU kit, the Trailblazers are 16-3-0 when she scores at least one goal, and she is currently fourth in DSU’s NCAA Division II era in career goals (23) and career points (52).

Spencer finished the year as DSU’s second-leading point scorer (11) with four goals and three assists. All four of her goals on the year were scored in PacWest play, including a two-goal effort in the Trailblazers’ 5-0 win at Chaminade, and she assisted on the game-tying goal in DSU’s overtime win over CBU last Saturday. Spencer finished her four-year career in the top 10 all-time in DSU’s NCAA era in goals, assists and points.

Hadley anchored a Trailblazer defensive unit that allowed just 17 goals in 18 matches and helped lead DSU to seven shutout wins overall, including five PacWest shutout results. The defense limited opposing teams to 8.4 shots attempts and 4.4 shots on goal per match. In addition, Hadley tallied her first collegiate goal in DSU’s 2-0 win at Hawai’i Hilo and one of her two assists on the year came on a game-winning goal at Westminster College.

The All-PacWest team and individual awards are decided by a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches, who cannot vote for their own players.

Azusa Pacific’s Hayley Patterson and Sarah Klinkenberg were named PacWest Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively, while APU head coach Jason Surrell was named Coach of the Year. BYU-Hawaii’s Sydney Eddy was named Newcomer of the Year and Notre Dame de Namur’s Susan Whitney was tabbed as Freshman of the Year.

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.