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Bekker and Boston College face tough ACC quarter-final test
NEWTON, Mass. - Kyle Bekker sat out nursing an injury as Boston College and Clemson played to a scoreless draw on Tuesday night at Historic Riggs Field, but the Tigers won the penalty kick shootout, 3-1, to advance to the semi-finals of the ACC Championship.
The Eagles will await their NCAA Tournament fate as the bracket is announced Monday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Welshman set to cap stellar collegiate career
CORVALIS, Ore. - Emery Welshman will mark the end of his regular season career at Oregon State on Nov. 9th when the Beavers face the Washington Huskies for Seniors Day at OSU.
It’s been a stellar season to date for Welshman, who has 10 goals and four assists to lead the Beavers in scoring. His goal tally also leads the tough Pac-12. Welshman's 10 goals on the season, make him the first Beaver since Danny Mwanga (1st overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft) in 2009 to reach double-digit goals.
Gonzalez scores again as Evansville gives Creighton a test
EVANSVILLE, Ind - Freshman Mark Anthony Gonzalez scored for Evansville men’s soccer team, but the Purple Ace’s bid for its first-ever Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title came up just short Saturday night at Arad McCutchan Stadium, as visiting No. 16 Creighton claimed the championship outright with a 2-1 win.
Gonzalez led the Aces with three shots and Schroeder put both of his attempts on frame, as they were the only UE players to get off more than one shot. In goal, Teppen tallied three saves, with two of them coming in the second half.
The Purple Aces will play No. 5 seed Drake in one of two quarterfinal matches Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Peoria, Ill.
Sigma players front and centre as NCAA Division II Bracket released
Simon Fraser University leads four NCAA Division II schools with Sigma FC players into the National tournament. Sigma’s Lucas Ferritto is back fit and contributing to the Clan team ranked No. 1 in the West Region. In addition to SFU, Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State Los Angeles and Southern New Hampshire earned tournament berths.
The Clan are trying to become the first international school to compete for an NCAA men's soccer championship. As the top ranked team in the region, the Clan will get a bye in the first round, and play the winner of the game between fourth ranked Notre Dame de Namur and fifth ranked Cal-State Stanislaus. Stanislaus, with senior Nolan Holdridge on the squad, rode a pair of upsets in the CCAA tournament to win their first title over the weekend.
If the Clan defeats Cal State Stanislaus, they will face Seattle Pacific, Grand Canyon or Cal State Los Angeles, with Sigma’s Jordan Payne, the following week.
In the East, SNHU with freshman Domenic Samuel playing a starring role, earned the No. 2 seed in the bracket. The Penmen will host games on Friday (Nov. 9) and Sunday (Nov. 11)
“I hope that these accolades will inspire the team moving forward, and give the recognized players a sense of confidence heading into the tournament,” said head coach Alan Koch, in an article on the SFU Athletics web site.
The Clan enter the tournament ranked third in the most recent national poll by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
The semi finals and final will be played Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., and will be hosted by the Peach Belt Conference.
Around the continent:
MAPLE, Ont. - Nathanial Morris and the McMaster Marauders booked their trip to the CIS men’s soccer tournament with an emphatic 5-0 win over Carleton University Sunday at McNaughton Park. The win gave the Marauders their second consecutive OUA gold medal.
Earlier in the day, the host York Lions claimed the bronze medal with a 1-0 win over Michael Campea’s Queen’s Gaels.
MACON, Ga. - The Mercer men's soccer team fought until the very end, but came out on the wrong side of a 1-0 decision against Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday evening at Bear Field.
With the win, FGCU (9-5-2, 6-1-1 A-Sun) captured the 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference regular season crown for the third year in a row. Mercer (11-6-1, 6-2-0 A-Sun) had a shot to win its first A-Sun Conference regular season title with a win or tie, but will now have to travel to FGCU as the No. 2 seed in next week's A-Sun Championship in Fort Myers, Florida.
Sigma’s Greg Ranjitsingh made four saves in the contest. Watch game highlights here
MANCHESTER, N.H - No. 15 Southern New Hampshire scored three second-half goals en route to a 3-0 win against seventh-ranked UMass-Lowell on Wednesday. The Penmen improved to 12-2 and 8-2 in the NE-10, while the River Hawks suffered their first conference loss of the season and fell to 11-2-1 and 10-1 in NE-10 action.
MOUNT PLESEANT, S.C. - With back-to-back second half goals, No. 6-seeded Appalachian State University men's soccer advanced to the semi-finals of the Southern Conference Championships with a 2-1 upset victory over No. 3 seeded College of Charleston on Saturday afternoon at Patriots Point. Sigma’s Kristian Lee-Him started and recorded on shot on goal in the game. APU faces No. 7 Wofford in the semis. Wofford upset No.2-seed Furman.
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - In its fifth double overtime match of the season, the Bryant University men's soccer team pulled out a 2-1 victory over Central Connecticut St. Sunday afternoon in New Britain, Conn. The Bulldogs close the 2012 season with a 6-8-2 overall record, finishing 4-5-1 in the Northeast Conference, while CCSU falls to 8-8-2, 6-3-1 in league play. It was a breakthrough season for Bryant, with Sigma grads Lucas and Matthew Guerierro playing a significant role for the Bulldogs.
HAMDEN, Conn - Brandon Goode and Quinnipiac Bobcats defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 3-0 on Sunday afternoon to claim the Northeast Conference Men's Soccer Regular-Season trophy and the right to host 2012 NEC Men's Soccer Tournament. It marks the first regular-season title in program history for the Bobcats, who finished their 10-game slate with an 8-1-1 record and 25 points. With the top seed, the Bobcats will host the #4 seed Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday, November 9, 2012. Fairleigh Dickinson will be the second seed and will face #3 seed Monmouth University in a rematch of last year's title game.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - IPFW scored a 1-0 win over IUPUI to reach the Summit League Tournament for the second straight year. The 'Dons clinched the fourth seed for the upcoming tournament. The win improves IPFW to 4-14-1 on the year, but more importantly with a 3-3-1 record in Summit League play. The 'Dons will face off against the Oakland Grizzlies on Friday, November 9 in a 3 p.m. EST kickoff at John MacKenzie Alumni Field on the campus of Western Illinois University. It was a learning season for Sigma’s Quinn Hasenbacher who was out most of the season due to injury.
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Dayton men's soccer team (11-5-1, 5-3-1 A-10) beat Rhode Island 4-0 in the final game of the regular season to earn a berth in the Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship in Charlotte, N.C. No. 6 seed Dayton will face No. 3 seed Xavier Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. on Transamerica Field. Sigma’s Ryan Lyn did not play.
HERKIMER, NY - Still reeling from the loss of team captain and offensive spark Jordan Stoddart to injury, the Herkimer Generals won a defensive struggle 1-0 over Genesee CC to win the Region 3 championship Sunday.
YAVAPAI - Jonathan Grant and the Roughrider soccer team fell short of their 20th NJCAA National Tournament appearance losing to Northwest College, WY 4-2 in the NJCAA West District Playoffs. YC concludes the season with a 21-3-0 record. Northwest (16-6-0) advances to the NJCAA West District Championship match Saturday afternoon and to the NJCAA National Tournament beginning on November 12th in Albany, Ga.
ALBION, Mich. - Adrian College (4-9-1, 6-13-1) dropped a 2-1 decision to Albion College in a cold rain Tuesday afternoon in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play. Sigma’s Juan Bernal continued his strong play for the Adrian. With the loss, the team endured a total of nine one-goal losses on the season. No team beat the Bulldogs by more than two goals all season. Of the teams that did beat the Bulldogs by two goals this season, only one of them was not nationally-ranked at some point during the season.