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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Sigma's Kristian Lee-Him scored his second game-winning goal of the season in the 70th minute as Appalachian State captured its first Southern Conference victory of the season, defeating Wofford 2-1 Tuesday night at Snyder Field.
With the victory, the Mountaineers improve to 6-7-3 on the season and 1-3-2 in the SoCon while Wofford drops to 9-7 and 2-3 in league play.
Appalachian returns to the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex on Saturday, Oct. 27 for senior day and the regular season finale against Davidson. Kickoff against the Wildcats is set for 7 p.m.
LONDON, Ont. - Sigma's Nate Morris scored his second goal of season to give McMaster a 1-1 draw with Western Mustangs in their final regular season game for 2012. More importantly however, the result secured second place in the OUA West division. The Marauders finished the season with a 12-1-3 record, good for 39 points behind the No. 1-ranked York Lions. They will earn a first round bye and advance to the OUA quarter-finals.
On Sunday, McMaster will host the highest seeded team remaining after the first round that could be either Western, Windsor, or Guelph. Game time is 7pm at Ron Joyce Stadium.
ADRIAN, Mich. - Juan Bernal scored the game-winner as the Adrian Bulldogs (6-12, 4-8) won their fourth consecutive home game by rallying in the second half to overcome a 1-0 deficit, and beat nationally-ranked Olivet 2-1, Wednesday night in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action.
Bernal's goal was his first of the season for the Bulldogs. The Sigma FC product ha d a slow start to the year as he recovered from an preseason injury. But he is healthy now and making a big contribution to Coach Chris LeFevre's team.
SAN BERNARDINO - The Warriors are heading back to the CCAA Championship tournament. With Sunday's 1-0 win over Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Stanislaus has clinched a spot in the conference event. Sigma's Nolan Holdridge's second half goal propelled the Warriors to the win over the Coyotes as Stanislaus improved to 9-3-2 overall and 7-3-2 in the CCAA North.
NEWTON, Mass. - Kyle Bekker and the Boston College Eagles play their final home game of the season Friday against Virginia. Boston College is surging in the tough ACC conference, posting a 3-0-2 record over their last five games. BC's last game was a huge 1-0 win over Duke, with the winning goal coming off the play-making of Bekker. His assist gave him 22 for his collegiate career, moving him into No. 2 all-time at Boston College.
Following the Virginia game, Boston College faces North Carolina on Nov. 1 in their final ACC game before starting the conference tournament.
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Oregon State men's soccer team played its final road game of the 2012 regular season Sunday afternoon at California and lost to the Bears, 1-0, in Pac-12 action. The Beavers outshot Cal, 16-14, with Emery Welshman picking up three of those.
The Beavers (6-7-2, 1-5-1) were looking to atone for last Sunday's 3-1 home loss to Cal, but the Bears put OSU behind the eight ball early. John Fitzpatrick scored in the second minute after a corner kick to provide the only goal for either side in the contest.
Welshman is currently the Pac-12 leader in goals with nine, and he leads the conference in game-winning goals with four. As a team, the Beavers are one of the higher scoring sides in the nation. Oregon State is 21st in goals and 18th in points.
The Beavers move back into the friendly confines of Lorenz Field for a match with No. 7 UCLA on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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LACEY, Wash. - Lucas Ferritto returned to the Simon Fraser lineup after a lengthy injury and his presence helped push the Clan to a 7-1 win over Saint Martin Saints. The win moves SFU to the cusp of their third consecutive GNAC Conference title. Simon Fraser scored five goals in the first half, en route to the lopsided win.
"Our squad turned in a very good performance today," said head coach Alan Koch. "It was great to get Roman Doutkevitch (Saskatoon, SK), Lucas Ferritto (Hamilton, ON) and Marco Voegeli (Lenzerheide, Switzerland) back from injury today."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Mercer men's soccer team dropped its first Atlantic Sun Conference match of the 2012 campaign after falling 2-1 at Jacksonville on Saturday evening at the Ashley Sports Complex. Despite the loss, the Bears are off to the best start of their Atlantic Sun Conference history. Greg Ranjitsingh's standout play in goal has been one of the big reasons for the team's success.
Ranjitsingh made three saves in the contest while Jacksonville goalkeeper Gavin Carlin made six saves to pick up the win.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Mark Anthony Gonzalez led The University of Evansville men's soccer with seven shots at goal in a 1-0 win over Central Arkansas in Missouri Valley Conference action last weekend.
In midweek play, the Aces dropped a 2-0 decision to No.16 ranked Indiana. The game was not a conference match. The Aces are now 9-6-0 overall and 3-1-1 in conference play on the season.
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Despite playing even through 60 minutes, the Bryant University men's soccer team fell to Holy Cross, 1-0, Wednesday night in Worcester, Mass. A make-up game that was postponed from Sept. 8, the Bulldogs were unable to close out their non-conference slate with a win, dropping to 5-8-1 on the year.
Despite the losing record, the Bulldogs took a huge step forward this season, with strong play from Sigma's Lucas and Matthew Guerriero. The Bulldogs have two games remaining on their 2012 season.
KINGSTON, Ont. - Michael Campea and the Queen's Gaels men's soccer team closed the OUA regular season with a 4-1 win over the Trent Excalibur at the West Campus field on Sunday. With the win, the Gaels finish league play with an 11-1-2 record, and are atop the OUA East Division. The Gaels men's soccer team plays again on Sunday, October 28in the OUA Quarter-finals at the West Campus Field. Kickoff is set for 3:15 p.m.
PITTSBURGH - The University of Dayton men's soccer team held off a late charge by the Duquesne Dukes to win 2-1 at Rooney Field on Sunday. Sigma's Ryan Lyb did not play.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The IPFW Mastedons lost their first 11 games of the season, but as the Summit League schedule winds down, they have found their strike, winning three in a row. The latest win came Sunday against Oakland, a 2-1 decison for the Mastedons. With two games remaining, IPFW is in the thick of the conference race. Sigma's Quinn Hasenbacher did not play.
RALEIGH, NC - Adelphi Panthers dropped a 2-0 decision to the Wolfpack of North Carolina State. Jordan Hibbert started and anchored the Panther defence. With the loss, Adelphi drops to 2-13 on the season.
HAMDEN, Conn. - Three different Bobcats scored on Sunday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team downed Mount St. Mary's, 3-0 at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Sigma's Brandon Goode was strong on defence for Quinnipiac, as the team moved to 4-1-1 in the Northeast Conference.
MANCHESTER, N.H - No. 20 Southern New Hampshire University downed The College of Saint Rose 6-1 in Northeast-10 men's soccer Tuesday afternoon at Larkin Field. The Penmen improved to 13-3 overall and 9-3 in the NE-10. Domenic Samuel did not play.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - The Indiana Tech men's soccer team cruised to a fourth straight victory on Wednesday afternoon, going on the road and defeating conference foe Lawrence Tech 4-0. Sigma's Reon Treavajo did not play.
LOS ANGELES - Cal State L.A.'s men's soccer team stretched its unbeaten streak to five games with a 2-1 win over Sonoma State. Sigma's Jordan Payne had one shot on goal for the Golden Eagles.
HERKIMER, NY - Jordan Stoddart and the Herkimer Generals advanced to the Region III semifinal round with a 2-0 win over Mohawk College.