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  • DSU Men's Soccer - Storm strike late, draws with Hilo
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 10/06/13 - 03:45 PM | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Photo credit: Rico Del Sestro
    Photo credit: Rico Del Sestro
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    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - Down a goal in the 90th minute is crunch time. Saturday afternoon at Hansen Stadium, Dixie State freshman Jara Eshete (Stansbury, UT/Stansbury) battled past the pressure to notch an equalizing goal against UH Hilo.

    The Red Storm endured playing the final 12 minutes of the match one player down to earn a 3-3 draw with the Vulcans.

    Dixie State (2-5-3/1-4-2 PacWest) faced a halftime deficit of two goals after UHH (3-4-1/1-3-1 PacWest) striker Anthony Novella beat Tyler Walters (Ogden, UT/Ben Lomand) on low shots.

    Head coach Danny Ortiz made a keeper switch at the break, putting in the junior Spencer Anderson (Glendale, AZ/Mountain View). That decision showed immediate results. In the 51st minute, UHH set up for a penalty kick. Justin Szymkowiak fired to the left side, but Anderson chose correctly on the direction and batted down the shot.

    Momentum swung toward the home side. Senior midfielder Joshua Cook (Las Vegas, NV/Las Vegas) put DSU on the scoreboard with a 25-yard free kick goal in the 68th minute, his first score of the year. Sophomore Bobby Schwarzkopf (Glendale, AZ/Deer Valley) tied the match at 2-2 depositing a headed pass from Jordan Steed (Layton, UT/Layton) after a preceding Michael Gray (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman) throw-in.

    The Vulcans snatched back the lead, 3-2, with a long free kick just sneaking past Anderson in the 85th minute.

    Enter Eshete. He found himself at the right place to collect a Nadav Elimelech (Las Vegas, NV/Spring Valley) deflected shot and turn it into the tying goal to the right side.

    Both teams had one shot each in the first overtime, but Dixie State faced a second yellow card to Wade Canon (Meridian, ID/Meridian) in the 99th minute. Forced to play with only 10 on the field, the Red Storm turned up the intensity and outshot UHH three to one in the second overtime.

    DSU had a great look with 25 seconds left on the clock. A crossing ball bounced through the box and set up in front of freshman McKay Moffat (Eagle, ID/Eagle). With the entire left side of the net open, his shot rolled just outside the left post.

    Dixie State won the shot battle 24-14 for the match. Spencer Anderson notched the draw with three saves. UHH keeper Yonha Andrabi stopped six shots.

    The Red Storm head to Holy Names next Saturday for PacWest play.
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