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Sigma Players in the rankings
With one month gone in the 2011 Collegiate soccer season, Sigma players have been making considerable contribution to their teams. As most teams begin their conference play in earnest, some Sigma grads are flying high in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings.
Kyle Bekker and Boston College sit No.10 in the NCAA Div. I rankings. Jordan Payne leads the Cal State-Los Angeles Golden Eagles to the No.4 spot in the NCCA Div. II rankings, while closely behind, Lucas Ferritto and SFU sit in No. 12 position.
In the national junior college Div. III rankings, Jordan Stoddart and the Herkimer College Generals as ranked No. 2 in the United States.
The SFU ranking is the first time in U.S. collegiate soccer history that a Canadian team has cracked the NCAA rankings. The Canadian school is competing in its first year in the NCAA. For decades, the British Columbia school competed in the U.S.-based NAIA division.
Sigma's Lucas Ferritto is in his second year with the Clan and sits fourth in team scoring with two goals and three assists in seven games.
SFU is currently undefeated at 7-0-0.
Here's a look quick glance at the other Sigma players on nationally ranked teams, with their school, rank and division in parentheses:
Around the continent:
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Freshman Manny Morgado recorded his first career goal, but it was not enough as the University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision at Rutgers on Friday at Yurcak Field. The contest was the Big East opener for both teams.
The Panthers (2-6-1) evened the game at 1-1 in the 42nd minute. Morgado drilled a free-kick from 20 yards out which hit up, around and down under the crossbar for the score.
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Emery Welshman notched his second assist of the season, but Oregon State lost a hotly contested game against CSU Bakersfield, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon in the final match of the Hensor/Zaher Nike Classic at Paul Lorenz Field. The result, OSU's final non-conference tilt of the season, drops the Beavers' record to 2-5-1.
NEWTON, Mass. - Two goals that came 10 minutes apart in the second half proved to be the difference as No. 2 Connecticut defeated the No. 10 Boston College men's soccer team, 2-0, Tuesday night in front of 677 spectators at the Newton Campus Field.
The teams traded possession in the opening 20 minutes until BC got the real first chance to score. Junior Kyle Bekker took control of the ball from about 30 yards out and blasted a shot toward the top of the goal. UConn keeper Andre Blake jumped and deflected the shot over the crossbar to keep the Eagles off the board.
On Sunday, Boston College defeated Rhode Island 1-0 in a road game in Kingston, R.I.
Nampa, Idaho - The SFU Clan men's soccer team played the second game of their road trip this afternoon in Nampa, ID against the Northwest Nazarene University Crusaders. SFU scored late for a 1-0 victory. With the win, the Clan improves to 7-0-0 on the season (3-0-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play) while NNU falls to 3-4-1 on the year (0-4-0 in GNAC competition).
Sigma's Lucas Ferritto saw action and recorded a shot on net in the contest. After seven games, Feritto sits fourth in team scoring with two goals and three assists. He has started twice for SFU.
ROCHESTER, Mich. - The University of Dayton men's soccer team (1-8) was shut out 2-0 by the Oakland Grizzlies (2-6-1) on Sunday at OU Soccer Stadium. Ryan Lyn appeared and played 24 minutes in the loss. Earlier, Dayton was downed by the UIC Flames 2-1 at Baujan Field on Friday night.
OMAHA, Neb. - Mercer goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh made three saves to record his third career and second-straight shutout. The Mercer men's soccer team made sure it enters Atlantic Sun Conference play on a high note after a dominating 2-0 road victory over Nebraska Omaha on Friday evening in front of 1,488 fans at Werner Park.
Mercer (4-3-1) out-shot Nebraska Omaha (1-5-0) 14-11, including an 11-3 edge in shots on goal, in a game that got testy at times and featured 35 combined fouls.
Mercer broke into the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Regional Rankings on Monday, entering the poll as the #10 team in the South Region.
NEW YORK - Lucas Guerriero came off the bench to log 57 minutes and record one shot at goal as Bryant University men's soccer team recorded a 1-0 victory over Manhattan College on Sunday, Sept. 25. Earlier, Bryant dropped a 1-0 decision to Army on Tuesday.
CANADAIGUA, NY - Jordan Stoddart scored once and assisted on two goals as Herkimer's men's soccer team won their sixth game in a row, defeating Finger Lakes CC 4-0. Four different Generals scored in the Thursday afternoon contest. Stoddart sits third in team scoring for the high-flying Generals. He has three goals and four assists on the season for 10 points after 4 games played. Herkimer had a game Sunday, Sept. 25th. Details were not available late Sunday.
SEASIDE, Calif. - The Cal State Stanislaus men's soccer team. lost 2-0 to Cal State Monterey Bay defeated CSUS, 2-0. The loss ended a two-match winning streak on the road came for the Warriors. The Warriors are now 5-3 overall and 3-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Nolan Holdridge started and played 71 minutes in the loss, He managed three shots at goal in the game.
On Friday CSS beat Cal State East Bay, 3-1. Holdridge started and played 43 minutes for the Warriors.
LOS ANGELES - Cal State L.A.'s men's soccer team saw its unbeaten string come to an end Sunday in a California Collegiate Athletic Association game. The Golden Eagles, ranked seventh in the nation, allowed a goal in each half and were blanked by Cal State Dominguez Hills, 2-0, Sunday at Jesse Owens Stadium. Cal State L.A. (5-1-2, 3-1-2) suffered its first shutout and first loss of the season.
Jordan Payne had three shots on net for the Golden Eagles in the losing effort.
KINGSTON, Ont. - The Queen's Gaels drew the Ryerson Rams 2-2 Saturday in a match that featured two Sigma graduates, Sebastian Novais (Rams) and Michael Campea (Queens).
Novais assisted on both Ryerson goals as the visitors came back from a 2-0 deficit.
On Sunday, Ryerson travelled across town to face Royal Military College. Novais scored the team's first goal on a long-range strike as the Rams went to a 4-2 win. Toronto was in Kingston and downed Queens 1-0.
The Rams (3-1-2) are currently third in the OUA East, two points back of the Toronto Varsity Blues and seven behind the first place Ravens who have played two more games than Ryerson.
Vestal, N.Y - Jordan Hibbert started as Adelphi scored with 33 seconds left in regulation, for a 2-1 win over Binghamton in a non-conference men's soccer game on Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Panthers won in impressive fashion over the homecoming crowd of over 2,400 fans on hand.