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SFU reaches No. 1 ranking in NCAA Div. II men's soccer
BURNABY, B.C. - Lucas Ferritto had two assists as the SFU Clan men's soccer won a tight game over Montana State University Billings this afternoon at Terry Fox Field. The 1-0 victory keeps the Clan's undefeated record intact.
The game was an intense affair from start to finish with a total of five cards handed out this afternoon.
SFU is currently undefeated at 13-0-0 and 7-0-0 in the GMAC Conference. The team is the No.1 ranked team in the NCAA Div. II poll.
Nate Morris scores twice as McMaster wraps up OUA quarterfinal berth
HAMILTON, Ont. - Nathanial Morris almost when his rookie season without scoring for the McMaster Marauders.
The Sigma graduate scored twice in two minutes in the second half to prompt a flurry of goals in a 6-2 shellacking of Wildrid Laurier Golden Hawks, 6-2. Morris, of Mississauga, scored in the 66th and 67th minute.
McMaster advanced to the OUA Quarter-finals with the win.
Bekker sets up winning goal in Boston College's win over Duke
NEWTON, Mass. - Kyle Bekker threaded a pass to teammate Charlie Rugg who slotted home the winning goal with three minutes remaining in overtime for a key Atlantic Coast Conference win against Duke last Saturday.
The goal capped a Boston College rally and lifted the host Eagles to a 2-1 ACC win before 1,223 fans at the Newton Campus Field.
"Oh my God ... Great pass by Bekk to his buddy, and he took the nice touch and slotted it home," jubilent Boston College coach Ed Kelly told the BC student newspaper, The Heights.
"This was a huge win when you consider the whole new format in the ACC and what it means as far as home-field advantage. Now we go into UVa with confidence. We're 11-4. It's huge. It's NCAA time. That was an NCAA win."
Oregon State on a roll, sweeps Cal and Stanford.
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Roberto Farfan and Emery Welshman each scored magnificent goals for Oregon State and the team's defence clamped down in the second half, as the Beavers picked up a hard-earned 2-1 win over California (3-6-4, 0-4-2 Pac-12) on Friday night at Paul Lorenz Field.
A scoreless affair at intermission, Welshman helped Farfan to his fourth goal of the season just five minutes into the second half giving the Beavers the one-goal advantage. Welshman broke free from a host of defenders on the far side of the field to set up Farfan at the top of the box, who shot with his left foot to the far post and past Cal's keeper.
Welshman took over the Pac-12 lead in assists with his seventh of the season.
"You look at us as a four-win team, [but] I would put us as the best four-win team in the country," Oregon State head coach Steve Simmons said after the win over Cal. "I'm so happy for them because ... the guys trained hard this week and were looking forward to playing at home. They deserved it and I'm so proud of them."
OSU followed up that result with a gritty 1-0 win over Stanford Sunday.
The wins raise Oregon State's record to 3-3-1 in Pac-12 play and 5-8-2 overall.
Bryant edges Robert Morris in battle of Sigma grads
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The Bryant Bulldogs (2-10-1, 1-6-0 Northeast Conference) got on top early scoring just over two minutes after the opening whistle. With the win, the Bulldogs (2-10-1, 1-6 NEC) snap a six-game losing streak, winning for the first time since a 1-0 victory against Manhattan on Sept. 25. The Colonials move to 4-9-1 on the season with an 0-7 conference mark. On Sunday, Bryant was blanked, 3-0, by Saint Francis (PA).
Sigma's Lucas Guerriero started for the Bulldogs, while Shane Beharry came off the bench for the Colonials.
Around the continent:
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team could not sustain Notre Dame, falling 3-1 on Saturday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex. Sigma's Manny Morgado started again for the Panthers.
CLEMSON, SC - Adelphi Panthers took on the Tigers of Clemson University at Riggs Field for their first meeting since 1990. Adelphi got out to a one goal lead in the first, but Clemson fired back with two unanswered goals in the second, settling the score, 2-1. With the loss, the Panthers drop to 6-7-1, 3-0 ASC while the Tigers move to 5-8. Simga's Jordan Hibbert has been hurt and unable to play for Adelphi.
BOONE, N.C. - In yet another nail-biter finish, Appalachian State men's soccer (8-2-4, 3-0-2 SoCon) tied Southern Conference opponent Furman (11-2-4, 2-1-2 SoCon) in a scoreless game on Saturday night at ASU Soccer Stadium. Appalachian extends its unbeaten streak to 11 (7-0-4), the third longest active streak in the country. New Mexico has gone 14 games (12-0-2) and Cornell has played 12 (8-0-4) without a loss. Kristian Lee-Him was on the bench for the Mountaineers.
PHILADELPHIA - Dayton Flyers moved into a share of second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 3-0 win over Saint Joseph's last week. Simga's Ryan Lyn continues to show signs he is adjusting to the college game, getting the start and recording an assist in the win.
Dayton followed up that win with its third win in a row, defeating Temple Owls 1-0 on Sunday.
"We talked about how critical the first goal would be for the game," Currier said. "We were under pressure and scored on the counter. Evan (McCreary) played a great ball to (Ryan) Lyn who kept the combo going to Duru. His goal took the pressure off of us and took us into halftime 1-0."
EMMITSBURG, Md. - Remere Warner and the Quinnipiac men's soccer team fell to Northeast Conference opponent Mount St. Mary's in double-overtime, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium. The Bobcats' record now stands at 3-3 in NEC action and 5-7 overall, while Mount St. Mary's improves to 4-3 in NEC play and 7-6-1 overall.
MACON, Ga. - Sigma's Greg Ranjitsingh recorded four saves in the win for his third-straight shutout, and seventh on the season, as the Mercer Bears defeated East Tennessee State 1-0 on Saturday evening at Bear Field.
With the win, Mercer (7-6-2, 2-3-1 A-Sun) moves into a tie with ETSU (8-5-2, 2-4-1 A-Sun) for seventh in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings, with several games in hand on its rivals.
HERKIMER NY - Genesee CC came to Herkimer ranked #5 in the country, eager to upset the #1-ranked Generals. They did just that in a tense, well-played, hard-fought game, edging the host team 1-0. It was the first loss of the season for Sigma's Jordan Stoddart and the rest of the Herkimer Generals.
The Generals got back on the winning track on Tuesday, with a 9-0 win over North Country Community College, thanks to two goals from Stoddart.
TULSA, Okla. - It took a deluge of rain to cool off red-hot Jarrett Hamilton and the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. Heavy rain prompted their game against UMKC to be halted at 70 minutes tield at 1-1. ORU's Hamilton, of Sigma, leads the team with six goals and one assist. He was rated his conference's N.2 overall player by the soccer website TopDrawerSoccer.com.
LOS ANGELES - Cal State L.A.'s men's soccer team kept itself atop the California Collegiate Athletic Association South Division lead with a crucial 2-1 win over Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday. Jordan Payne of Sigma came off the bench and recorded a couple of shots on goal.
TURLOCK - Cal State Stanislaus men's soccer team blew out Cal State East Bay, 3-0, on Sunday in the Warriors' final home match of the regular season. The 10-win season is the Warriors' third 10-win season since 2006. Sigma's Nolan Holdrige notched 35 minutes off the bench for the Warriors.