Strong start to season ends tough for men's soccer team
The Dixie State College men's soccer team concluded its season with an 8-8-2 overall record.
The team ended its season with four straight loses, including the loss of four seniors.
Junior midfielder Tyler Albretson, an integrated studies major from Pleasant View, said there were positives to the 2011 soccer season.
"I think we did really well," Albretson said. "The season didn't end the way we hoped, but it was a good season overall."
Although the team didn't extend its season into the playoffs, it still accomplished season goals.
Head coach Danny Ortiz said: "I am very pleased with the team overall. We definitely raised the bar with the effort as a team in every single game."
Junior forward Jordan Roylance had a total of 15 goals this season, taking third place of most goals scored in a season. Roylance has had the top three places of most scored goals in the past three years. He scored 23 points in 2009, he scored 18 points in 2010, and his 15 points scored was this year.
Senior midfielder Nyle Ortiz was the second player to score the most with 13 points this season. Third was Albretson who scored 10 points in the season.
A soccer team isn't complete without a goalkeeper, and Tyler Walters set his record with most saves, collecting 82 saves for the season.
DSC's four seniors Ortiz, midfielder Zac Hales, midfielder Arnaldo Anaya and defender Clayton Alexander had many career single-game highs.
"The commitment to the team this year is what will be missed in the seniors," Ortiz said. "They definitely showed the team the effort it takes day in and day out to make an outstanding program. They definitely set the standard of how to play."
Ortiz made five goals this season and three of them have been game-winning goals.
Hales had three points against Montana State University on Aug. 29. He also scored at least one goal in seven games, and he took four shots against Dominican University.
Anaya had his career high of two points against BYU-Hawaii on Oct. 5 last season. Out of 18 games played he took 16 shots, making 6 of them in the 2011 season.
And Alexander scored at least twice in five games. He was also the second player who had the most playing time with 1,581 minutes.
Albretson said: "We had a lot of heart in our seniors. It's going to be hard getting that back, so hopefully the seniors next year can do that too."
With the seniors graduating DSC has a lot of hopes for next season.
"I expect us to go out and do better than this year to prove to everyone in the conference that we can end on top in the conference," Albreson said.
The team is grateful for all of the support in the season.
Ortiz said: "A word of thanks to the student body and community who came out to watch. I know the guys really appreciated it. We look forward to seeing them all next year."
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