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EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Mark Anthony Gonzalez came off the bench to score two insurance goals as the University of Evansville menís soccer team snapped a three-game losing streak with an impressive 4-0 win over visiting Oral Roberts. The Purple Aces held the Golden Eagles to just four shots in the game played last Sunday afternoon at Arad McCutchan Stadium.
Gonzalez continues to give coach Mike Jacobs an offensive spark. The freshman from Sigma FC scored his third goal of the year and on Sunday had an impressive scoreline consisting of four shots at goal, three on target and two goals.
Gonzalezís first goal came in the 66th minute and was unassisted. He later banged home a rebound from close range on a shot that was saved off the foot of Dylan Terry.
Boston College gets back on winning track
NEWTON, Mass. - Life is tough in the Atlantic Coast Conference so when Boston College can get a win against a conference rival, it is very valuable. Friday night at Newton Field, BC took on NC State and emerged with a 2-1 win. Kyle Bekker played his usual role leading and orchestrating the offense for the Eagles, recording two shots on net in the contest.
Oregon State falls to Washington in Pac-12 opener
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Washington Huskies scored an early goal and it was enough to hold off the Oregon State menís soccer team, 1-0, in a physically played Pac-12 opener Sunday afternoon. Washington (6-3-1, 1-0-0) scored its goal in the 10th minute off a flip throw-in from distance.
The Beavers had trouble finishing plays throughout as they set the table nicely but couldnít convert for the equalizer. OSUís best chance in the first half came on a cross by Roberto Farfan from the left side but was out of reach for Emery Welshman. Welshman entered the contest with goals in three consecutive games.
The Huskies, with Sigma FC friend Craig Waibel on the bench as an assistant coach, keyed on Welshman and it showed.
BURNABY, B.C. - The Simon Fraser University Clan men's soccer team were feeling a little maligned after falling out of the NCAA Div. II rankings after their first loss in more than two years two weeks ago. So with No. 3 ranked Seattle Pacific in town, Alan Koch and the rest of the Clan felt they had something to prove. In the end, it wasnít even close. SFU thumped Seattle Pacific 5-1. The Clan followed it out with a 6-0 win over Saint Martin's University Saints on Sunday. Lucas Ferritto (injured) did not play.
Maybe they will be ranked next week.
Herkimer rolling as Stoddart named athlete of the week
HERKIMER, N.Y. - Jordan Stoddart, Brampton, Ont. was named Region III Male Athlete of the Week after his strong weekend performance that resulted in the sophomore notching a game winning assist in the Generals' 2-0 win over Mohawk Valley Community College and the game winning goal in the second overtime against Bryant and Stratton College. The Generals won the game 1-0. Stoddart currently has 11 goals and 6 assists for the season.
Video of Stoddartís OT goal can be seen at the bottom of this link
Dominic Samuel scores first collegiate goal
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Dominic Samuel scored his first collegiate goal as the No. 15 Southern New Hampshire Penmen defeated Saint Michael's College 2-0 Wednesday night at Larkin Field. The Penmen won their third in a row to improve to 7-1 and 4-1 in the NE-10, while the Purple Knights are now 5-2-2 and 1-2-2 in the league. Samuel got the Penmen on the board in the 22nd minute, heading home a cross that was partially saved by the keeper. On Saturday, the Penmen scored twice in each half to record a 4-1 non-conference men's soccer victory over Post University at Larkin Field.
Ranjitsingh rallies Mercer to hug win over East Tennessee
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Ranjitsingh tied his season-high with six saves in Mercer men's soccer teamís impressive 2-1 road win in Atlantic Sun Conference play at East Tennessee State on Sunday afternoon.
Mercer (6-3-1, 1-0-0 A-Sun) is now a perfect 5-0-0 in A-Sun Conference openers under fifth-year head coach Brad Ruzzo. The Bears are 3-1-1 in their last five meetings against ETSU (4-5-1) and handed the Buccaneers their first home loss of the 2012 season. Ranjitsingh continues to be a top performer for his team and regarded as the top goalkeeper in the conference.
AROUND THE CONTINENT:
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The Bryant University men's soccer team defeated Robert Morris, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in Smithfield. Coming off a tough 1-0 loss to Saint Francis (PA) on Friday, the Bulldogs (3-3-1, 1-1) were able to respond with a victory Sunday, earning their first Northeast Conference victory of 2012.
Lucas and Matt Guerriero combined for 10 shots on goal for the Bulldogs. Matt picked up an assist on the winning goal.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - For the second consecutive match, the IPFW Mastodons fell 5-1, this time dropping the squad to 0-2 in the Summit League this season with a loss at home to the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. Freshman Quinn Hasenbacher (Injured) did not play.
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Adelphi Panthers dropped a, 3-2 decision to Red Foxes of Marist College. Adelphi falls to 1-9. Jordan Hibbert had a shot on goal and played his usual complete game for Adelphi.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Appalachian State University men's soccer could not find an answer for a UNC Greensboro goal in the 39th minute, as the Mountaineers fell to the Spartans, 1-0, on Saturday night at UNCG Soccer Field. With the loss, Appalachian dropped its first Southern Conference opener since 2009 and fell to 4-4-1 on the season. UNCG improved its overall record to 4-4-2. Kristian Lee-Him continues to make an impact on the Mountaineers, earning the start.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Quinnipiac University men's soccer team defeated St. Francis (N.Y.) in a wild finish, 3-2, at the Aviator Sports & Recreation Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. A late penalty kick proved the decider giving the Bobcats their first Northeast Conference win of the season. Sigmaís Brandon Goode started and played the whole game on defence for Quinnipiac
PHOENIX - Jonathan Grant scored the first goal in the 2nd minute as the Yavapai Roughriders defeated the visiting Gauchos from Glendale Community College Saturday night in Prescott Valley 2-0 to sweep the season series and improve their conference record to 12-1-0 (13-1-0, overall).
LOS ANGELES - Sigmaís Jordan Payne scored in the second half but the Cal State L.A.'s men's soccer team saw its six-match unbeaten streak come to an end Sunday with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Cal State Dominguez Hills. Cal State L.A. (6-3-1, 5-2-1), which had won five straight games heading into the week, managed only a tie at Cal State San Bernardino on Friday before the tough double overtime loss on Sunday.
CHICO, Calif. - It was built as another close match for the rivals and it did not disappoint, except for the outcome as Chico State shutout Cal State Stanislaus, 2-0. The Warriors were limited to five shots, as they were held scoreless for the third time this season and fell to 4-2-2, 2-2-2 in conference play. Nolan Holdridge started for the Warriors.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Indiana Tech menís soccer team won its second straight match on Wednesday night, defeating the University of Michigan-Dearborn 2-1 in conference action. Reon Treavajo did not play.
OLIVET, Mich. - Adrian College men's soccer team (3-8, 1-4) lost to No. 8 Olivet College (10-0-1, 5-0), 2-0, Saturday before a 300-plus crowd. Freshman Juan Bernal is still recovering from an off-season injury and did not play.
KINGSTON, Ont. - The No. 7 Queen's Gaels men's soccer team kept their undefeated season alive. The Gaels fought off the Laurentian Voyageurs with a strong second half push as they came away with a 1-0 victory in OUA action at the West Campus Field on a windy Sunday afternoon. Michael Campea did not play.
HAMILTON, Ont. - Hamilton, Ont. - The McMaster men's soccer team took down the Brock Badgers for their eighth win of the season in a 4-0 win on Saturday afternoon at Ron Joyce Stadium. Sigma grad Nathanial Morris continues to get playing time, but individual statistics were not available from the school.
WEEK OFF - Ryan Lyn and the Dayton Flyers did not play, but resume their schedule Friday