Seasiders fall in defensive battle

Seasiders fall in defensive battle

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's soccer fell 1-0 to Dixie State in a tight PacWest matchup between the top two teams Saturday at the BYU-Hawaii soccer field.

Jake McRae had four total shots with two on goal for the Seasiders (4-3-2, 3-2-1 PacWest), while Besser Davila and Jessey Hein each had two shots.

Moises Medina led Dixie (7-3-0, 5-0-0 PacWest) to victory with two shots on goal and the game's lone goal. Christian Hall and Gabby Medina also recorded two shots on goal for the Trailblazers.

The closely contended game resulted in 12 shots from Dixie and 11 from BYU-Hawaii. The Seasiders had seven saves, while the Trailblazers made five.

McRae started early with a shot at minute three that the Trailblazers' keeper Zach Nielson (2-0) was able to save. Hall and Sean Jenne each puts shots on goal for Dixie in the first 20 minutes, but Einar Johnson (3-1) got his gloves on them. Mason Reid's shot was saved by Nielson and Trailblazer defender Kris Evans saved Davila's second shot.

Johnson made two more saves before M. Medina made a move past his defender and shot the ball to the far post and into the net, giving Dixie a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute.

Hein started the second half with his second shot of the game, but it went over the crossbar. Hall and Angel Estrada put shots on goal for the Trailblazers, but Johnson did his job and kept the goal clean.

With just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, Griffin Garcia and McRae made back-to-back shots that were unable to get past the keeper. M. Medina came in looking to expand the lea for his team, but the ball was saved. The last scoring opportunity for the Seasiders came at minute 86 when Cutter Zaugg made a shot that Nielson kept out.

BYU-Hawaii will return to the field on Monday to host Concordia at 12 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online. 

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