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Ranjitsingh moving up Atlantic Sun all-time shutout list, takes weekly A-Sun honour
MACON, Ga. - After a huge week in net that helped the Bears to a pair of wins over in-state rivals, Mercer sophomore goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Ranjitsingh played a huge part in helping the Bears to a perfect 2-0 week with a 1-0 win at Georgia Southern on September 10 before lifting Mercer to a 2-0 home win over Georgia State on Sunday evening.
The Pickering, Ontario native has now posted shutouts in three-straight matches to increase his career total up to 11, moving him into a tie for 10th place for the most shutouts in A-Sun Conference history.
Ranjitsingh made 11 combined saves in both contests to bump his save percentage up to a sparkling .818, which is good for 43rd nationally in the most recent NCAA statistical report released on September 17.
Ranjitsingh leads the A-Sun Conference with four shutouts so far this season and ranks second in the league with a 0.82 goals against average.
Mercer is back in action on Saturday, September 22, when it hits the road once again to take on Central Arkansas. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at the Bill Stephens Track/Soccer Complex.
Welshman on target in Oregon State's win over Gonzaga
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State men's soccer team put an emphatic halt to its two-game skid with a 3-0 victory over a scrappy Gonzaga bunch Saturday afternoon at steamy Lorenz Field. The win moves the Beavers to 3-2-1 on the season and 2-0 at home.Sophomore Glenn Paden came off the bench and immediately had an impact with a clever give-and-go with senior Emery Welshman, leaving Welshman to beat a defender to the ball and to wait out goalkeeper Ryan Caballero. He did both to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead.
"I saw Glenn make a good run, and the defender didn't follow me so I yelled for it back," Welshman said. "I probably could have hit it a lot earlier than I did, but I wanted to see what the keeper would have done. He dove down a bit early so I just chipped it over him."
The goal was Welshman's second of the season (Check out his Senior Spotlight video feature). The goal took some of the pressure away from Oregon State, as Gonzaga forced the issue on occasion.
Bekker records an assist in draw with Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Kyle Bekker set up fellow senior Charlie Rugg for Boston College's only goal in a 1-1 draw against ACC rival Virginia Tech. The tie came despite the Eagles holding a significant 24-9 advantage in shots. A fluke deflection resulted in the equalizing goal to force overtime. Neither team could score in the extra periods.
AROUND THE CONTINENT
BURNABY, B.C. - The Simon Fraser University Clan could not manage to keep their winning streak alive on Saturday afternoon at Terry Fox Field, as they fell to Northwest Nazarene Crusaders 2-1. It was the first loss for the SFU men's soccer team since November 21, 2010 and it also marked the end of the Clan's 24 game unbeaten streak, which ties a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record. Sigma's Lucas Ferritto, coming off player of the week honours, did not play.
ST. LOUIS - The University of Evansville men's soccer team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end Saturday night at Hermann Stadium in St. Louis, as the Purple Aces fell 4-1 to the host Billikens. Mark Anthony Gonzalez came off the bench for the Purple Aces.
DAYTON, Ohio - In a clash of two programs with Sigma grads, University of Dayton Flyers beat IPFW 4-1 on Sunday at Dayton's Baujan Field. Ryan Lyn came off the bench for Dayton, a team on the rise in the Atlantic-10 Conference that received some votes in the national polls. IPFW is struggling on the season. Sigma's Quinn Hasenbacher did not play.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Adelphi Panthers fell 3-0 to Penn State. With the loss, Adelphi slips to 1-6 while Penn State moves to 5-1-1. Sigma grad Jordan Hibbert, usually a midfielder, played on the back line in a move to strengthen the defence against the very aggressive Penn State team.
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Appalachian State University men's soccer earned their fifth shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over Binghamton Friday evening at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. With the win over the Bearcats in the first ever meeting between the teams, the Apps improve to 4-1-1 on the season, as the Bearcats drop to 2-4. Kristian Lee-Him came off the bench for the Mountaineers. In the second game UNCW Hilton Garden Inn Classic, APU dropped a 2-0 contest against Saint Mary's at the UNCW Soccer Field.
HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University men's soccer team endured a second-consecutive setback when the Yale Bulldogs handed the Bobcats a 1-0 loss at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Sigma FC's Brandon Goode once again starred on the back line for Quinnipiac.
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Paced by two second half scores, the Bryant University Men's soccer team defeated George Washington, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Sutton Field. Sigma's Lucas Guerriero delivered a beautiful ball across the pitch to a streaking Brett Larocque who beat Colonial keeper JP van der Merwe in the 69th minute for Bryant's second goal of the game. With a win under their belt, Bryant will have a week to prepare for Manhattan College when they visit Smithfield on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.
LOS ANGELES - Cal State L.A.'s men's soccer team had its hands full against UC San Diego Friday night and had to work extra in order to pull out an important California Collegiate Athletic Association victory. The Golden Eagles scored in overtime for a 1-0 victory. Sigma's Jordan Payne had two outstanding chances for the Golden Eagles, once in the second half when he rifled a shot just wide of the far post in the 71st minute and again halfway through the first overtime when his flick from in close went just over the crossbar.