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Gonzalez scores first collegiate goal in Evansville's big win over Georgia State
ATLANTA - Mark Anthony Gonzalez came off the bench had had massive impact in Evansville's 3-2 win over Georgia State on Saturday. Gonzalez scored his first ever collegiate goal to give the Purple Aces a 2-1 lead at the 76th minute. Georgia State tied it late, but Evansville won it in overtime.
Gonzalez finished with five shots, two on target and one goal. The Aces have raced out to a 3-0 record on the season and picked up votes in the most recent NCAA Div. I coaches poll.
Next weekend, the Aces will look to keep their early season success going as they play host to the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic. UE welcomes Bradley, Cincinnati and Portland to Arad McCutchan Stadium. The Aces will face the Pilots on Friday evening before squaring off against the Bearcats on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
Welshman hurt in Oregon State's 2-2 draw with No. 4 UC-Santa Barbara
SPOKANE, Wash. - Emery Welshman suffered a mild knock to the head in the first half against UC-Santa Barbara Friday at the Gonzaga tournament and was forced from a game in which he was causing tremendous challenges for the Gauchos' defence.
UCSB coaches commenting after the game noted that the absence of Welshman was the turning point that allowed them to score the go-ahead goal late in the first half. A late equalizer salvaged the single point for OSU.
Welshman's injury was not deemed serious, but as a precaution the senior striker sat out Sunday's 6-0 win over Manhattan in the final game of the four-team tournament held in Spokane, Wash. and hosted by Gonzaga University.
Next up for Oregon State is a rare Eastern appearance. The Beavers will kick off Friday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. NOTE: This game is only 5.5 hours drive, and could be a great opportunity for Sigma supporters to see Emery play for the Beavers.
Holdridge leads Cal State Stanislaus to win with huge effort
CAL STATE STANISLAUS (Nolan Holdridge) San Rafael - Nolan Holdridge had a goal and assist and helped set up a third goal Saturday leading the men's soccer team to a 3-1 win over UC Colorado Springs on neutral site field at Dominican. Holdridge was part of all three of the Warriors' goals as Cal State Stanislaus improved to 2-0 on the young season. His assist on Cal State's second goal was his 12th career helper which made him the school's all-time leader in that category.
"Yes it was a good day for Nolan and the rest of the team rallied and played well," said head coach Dana Taylor. Holdridge gave Stanislaus a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute when he used his left-foot for a perfect strike, finishing off a pass from Daniel Kuczynski.
In the 56th minute, Holdridge's placed a corner kick in prime position for Schad TenBroeck, who headed the ball in for a 2-1 Warrior lead. With the assist on the play, and an assist on Thursday, Holdridge became the school leader with his 12th career assist.
Holdridge, the senior from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, wasn't done. He figured in the Warriors' final goal as well. The penalty kick score by Kuczynski was created by a great ball from Holdridge to Josue Barajas.
The Warriors will take the 2-0 record into conference play when Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. visit next weekend. (Press release courtesy Warriors athletics)
Samuel makes immediate impact at Southern New Hampshire
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Domenic Samuel only needed two minutes into his collegiate career to record a shot on net, and his good start helped propel Southern New Hampshire to a 3-1 win over Queen's (N.Y.). The Penmen are the No. 7th ranked in the NCAA Div. II.
AROUND THE CONTINENT:
BOSTON COLLEGE Kyle Bekker) Fairfield, Conn. - The No. 13 ranked Eagles blanked Fairfield University 1-0 Monday night in Fairfield. Kyle Bekker continued to lead the Eagles, recording two shots on goal in the contest. BC opens its ACC season Friday against No. 6-ranked Maryland in a home contest at Newton Field.
SIMON FRASER (Lucas Ferritto) Burnaby, B.C. - came off the bench to provide a solid 45 minutes for the SFU Clan as they defeated Vancouver Island University 3-0 on Sunday to complete a season-opening sweep with an earlier 6-0 win over Thompson Rivers University. Ferritto, a senior, had two shots at net, including one on goal in the Sunday win.
DAYTON (Ryan Lyn) Charleston, S.C. - The University of Dayton Men's Soccer Team continues to turn heads early in this NCAA Div. I season, extending their winning streak to three games with a 3-2 win Friday night over the No. 22-ranked Furman Paladins (2-1) in the opening game of the Nike / Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic hosted by the College of Charleston. The Flyers dropped the tournament final 1-0 to the host College of Charleston.
IPFW (Quinn Hasenbacher) Fort Wayne, Ind. - IPFW Mastedons host Marshall, Monday, Sept. 3rd in the season opener.
ADELPHI (Jordan Hibbert) High Point, N.C. - Adelphi University fell 4-2 to Radford Sunday at the High Point University Invitational tournament. Sigma's Jordan Hibbert played the full 90 minutes for the Panthers in the loss. Earlier, Adelphi opened the tournament with a 3-1 loss to the hosts from High Point. Hibbert played 76 minutes for the Panthers.
MERCER (Greg Ranjitsingh) Peoria, Ill. - Mercer Bears won the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic on goal difference after recording a win and a tie over the weekend. Ranjitsingh recorded his first shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over Nebraska-Omaha in the first game. The Bears tied Hartwick 2-2 in the second game and finished in a tie with tournament host Bradley, but had a better goal difference.
APPALACHIAN STATE (Kristian Lee-Him) Boone, N.C. Kristian Lee-Him got the start in Appalachian State's 1-0 overtime loss to UNC Wilmington Sunday. On Friday, the Mountaineers got the season off on a winning note, defeating UNC Asheville 3-0. In the loss to Wilmington, Lee-Him recorded two shots on goal.
QUINNIPIAC (Brandon Goode) Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac recorded two wins to start the season, defeating Holy Cross 2-1 on Friday and following that up with a 3-1 home win over Lafayette. Holy Cross is coached by Sigma friend Marco Koolman. Sigma FC's Goode started both matches for Quinnipiac.
BRYANT (Lucas and Matt Guerriero) Smithfield, RI - Matt Guerriero had a sure goal stopped by a spectacular save by the Providence goalie in a highly-entertaining game Sunday. Bryant came out on the losing end of a 1-0 double-overtime contest. Both Lucas and Matt started the contest, with each getting off a shot at net.
CAL STATE LOS ANGELES (Jordan Payne) Saint George, UT - Jordan Payne appeared in both games as the Golden Eagles of Cal State-LA split their two contests at a tournament hosted by NCAA Div. II Dixie College. Cal State, ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Div. II, dropped their opener 2-1 against Dixie College, before rebounding with a 2-1 win over Northwest Nazarene College.
QUEEN'S (Michael Campea, Irvin Mai) Kingston, Ont. - Queen's defeated Royal Military College 5-0 to win their season, and home opener. Game details were not available
ADRIAN COLLEGE (Juan Bernal) Adrian, Mich. - Adrian dropped its first two games of the season, 1-0 to Concordia (Wisconsin) and 2-0 to North Central (Ill.). Sigma's Bernal is recovering from an off-season injury and has not been cleared to play yet.
INDIANA TECH (Reon Treavajo) Fort Wayne, Ind. - Reon Treavajo has had a great start to his collegiate career, earning starts in Indiana Tech's first two wins of the season (3-0 over Illinois Tech and 1-0 over Brescia Ky.), then he recorded a shot on goal in Tech's 1-0 win over Shawnee State (Ohio). The Warriors have opened the season with four consecutive wins.
HERKIMER COLLEGE (Jordan Stoddart) Herkimer N.Y. - Jordan Stoddart lit up the scoreboard as the Generals romped for two weekend wins by 5-0 and 6-0 scores. Against Hudson Valley, Stoddart scored twice and assisted on another. In Sunday's match with Clinton, Stoddart had two assists.
YAVAPAI COLLEGE (Johnny Grant) Mesa, Ariz. - The Roughrider soccer team defeated Mesa Community College, 3-0 Saturday night in Mesa for their 500th win since the program's inception in 1989. The Roughriders are now 4-0-0 in 2012 and 500-40-18 all-time. 300 of Yavapai's victories have been by shutout.