DIXON – Dixon was riding a 10-game winning streak heading into Tuesday's home match against Geneseo.
It took the Maple Leafs about 5 minutes to deliver a message the streak would not be reaching 11. Geneseo scored three goals in that span, and cruised to a 7-0 victory at A.C. Bowers Field.
The Maple Leafs (10-1, 5-0 Northern Illinois Big 12 West) outshot the Duchesses 16-3, and possessed the ball the vast majority of the time.
"They play the kind of soccer that we hope to play in the next few years," Dixon coach Mahmoud Etemadi said, "because that's how soccer should be played. They have a lot of skills, a lot of stamina, and are able to move the ball around and keep possession of the ball.
"They have all the elements of a good team, and we have a long way to go to get there, but we are getting there."
Sophomore forward Caitlin Akers scored twice in the first 3 minutes of the contest, and 2 minutes later, senior forward Heather Setser scored the first of her two goals. Maple Leafs coach Ian Kline was happy to see his club get off to a fast start.
"It was very important because they regained their footing after the first three goals that we got," Kline said. "They definitely made us work for it. It shows, in my opinion, that Dixon's really doing a good job of working and playing some good soccer."
Setser curled in her second goal with just under 13 minutes to go in the first half, and sophomore midfielder Tarah Fisher closed out the first-half scoring with a goal at the 8:42 mark.
In the second half, junior forward Hannah Pace scored both of Geneseo's goals. The second one, with 29:30 remaining, upped the lead to 7-0 and resulted in half of the remaining time being taken off the clock.
Caitlin Rozek, Lauren Chacon and Emily Grim had shot attempts for Dixon (11-4, 3-2), but none came close to getting past Geneseo keeper Darci Dietrich.
The Maple Leafs provide a good blueprint for the Duchesses to strive for, according to Rozek.
"We're obviously not there yet," Rozek said, "but we just have to work on practicing and working together as a team more, instead of yelling at each other sometimes. They do a lot of triangle passes, and we don't keep up with that very well. We need to be able to do that ourselves."
Star of the game: Caitlin Akers, Geneseo, 2 goals
Key performers: Heather Setser, Geneseo, 2 goals; Darci Dietrich, Geneseo, 3 saves
Up next: Dixon at Streator, 4:30 Thursday