"Last year I believe we showed we could compete with anyone in the conference," head coach Danny Ortiz said. "But we struggled to score goals and until we change that, teams will not expect us to win many games."
The Red Storm dropped the final six matches of 2013, ending the year with a 2-11-3 overall record. DSU claimed its lone league win with a 5-0 shutout over Chaminade to post a 1-9-2 PacWest ledger.
"I believe we have taken the steps needed to improve our team on the attacking end of the field," Ortiz added. "We have added some quality transfers and our young players have matured. This year group is showing some early signs of togetherness and determination. I believe we will be ready step on the pitch and win some games."
Dixie State returns six of its seven leading goal scorers from last year, including senior midfielder Erik Shallenberger.
Topping the PacWest predicted order of finish this year are the top two teams from last year – Azusa Pacific and Fresno Pacific, the defending champions. APU claimed the top spot by one vote with five first-place votes. The Sunbirds claimed six first-place nods while BYU-Hawaii claimed the final two top votes.
Junior forward Jaime Phillips was voted PacWest Preseason Player of the Year following a sophomore campaign with 15 goals and four assists.