The defending Pacific West Conference champion Dixie State men’s soccer team is set to kick off the 2017 season with the opening of fall practice on Monday. DSU is coming off its most successful season in the program’s nine-year history in 2016 as the Trailblazers won their first conference title and made their first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament.
The Trailblazers (15-4-0) finished the season with a school-record 15 victories, all won consecutively after a 0-3-0 start. DSU also set a PacWest record with 13 league wins (13-0-0 PacWest) and became just the second PacWest school to finish a conference season unbeaten and untied, joining former league member Grand Canyon, which went 6-0-0 in the league’s first season in 2006.
Following its first full week of training, DSU will host a Red/White intrasquad scrimmage at Legend Solar Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. The Trailblazers will also host two more scrimmages, the first coming vs. AFC Apex ’99 on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m., followed by their final tune-up vs. College of Southern Nevada on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m.
Dixie State officially opens the 2017 regular season with four-straight games away from home, starting with a pair of matches played in Salt Lake City vs. Northwest Nazarene on Thursday, Aug. 31, followed by a date vs. Montana State Billings on Saturday, Sept. 2. The Trailblazers kick off their seven-match home schedule vs. PacWest foe Chaminade at Legend Solar Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.
New season, new coach
For the third time in as many seasons, Dixie State will have a new head coach manning the Trailblazer sidelines as Jonny Broadhead begins his first season on the DSU bench. Broadhead (Colorado State-Pueblo, 2004) was introduced as the head coach last December after serving as an assistant coach at Utah Valley University for three seasons from 2014-16.
A native of Orem, Utah, Broadhead worked as a volunteer assistant coach at UVU for two years before being elevated to a full-time assistant position before the start of the 2016 season. Prior to his time at UVU, Broadhead served a two-year stint as assistant coach at Colorado Mesa with former DSU head coach Josh Pittman. The Mavericks went a combined 20-12-8 during his two seasons in Grand Junction, including a Rocky…