“I think we looked great, we scored four goals against a good side. Last year I don’t know if we scored four goals in any game,” stated SUU head coach Becky Hogan. “We came back, we showed a lot of grit and character, things that we were missing last year. I think it’s really promising.”
DSU midfielder Darian McLoy played a cross to teammate Jennifer Mason for a goal less than five minutes into the match, then tacked on a score of her own in the 21st minute to put her team up 2-0. Southern Utah got on the board ten minutes later after sophomore Shelby Green collected a rebound off a shot from Katie Jones and put the ball in the net narrow the deficit. Dixie State put up another goal in the 37th minute to hold a 3-1 advantage at the half.
“I think we were a little hyped up and almost overplayed a little bit,” explained Hogan. “Once we settled in and showed a little more discipline and patience, those mistakes disappeared.”
The Thunderbirds rallied in the second period with three straight goals to come from behind for a 4-3 lead. Sophomore Logan Harker connected with Megan Bolding in the 55th minute as the freshman forward recorded her first career score for the T-Birds. Jones then leveled the match by blasting a free kick through the hands of the Dixie State keeper in the 66th.
“Megan is a good player and today she kind of came into her own, and played super hard,” commented Hogan. “You saw her run, her athleticism and you saw her do dynamic things on the ball.”
Southern Utah took its first lead with less than 15 minutes remaining as midfielder Alyssa Gomez played a pass into the box and off the goalkeeper to Chandler Yost who tapped the ball into the net to make the score 4-3.
A late foul set up a free kick for Emily Fox from DSU who was able to sneak a shot into the net for a final score that resulted in a 4-4 draw.
The Thunderbirds fired off 17 shots in the contest including 11 on goal. SUU also took five corner kicks on the day. Dixie State recorded seven shots, all of which came on goal.
Southern Utah makes a quick trip to California for its next appearance, as the Thunderbirds are scheduled to take on UCSB this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (MT). Live stats and video will be available at www.suutbirds.com.