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McMaster Marauders reach the CIS Tournament
OTTAWA, Ont. - The McMaster men's soccer team reclaimed the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championship title Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 defeat of the Toronto Varsity Blues.
Sigma's Nathanial Morris and the Marauders head to Victoria for the finals that kick of Thursday, Nov 10.
Follow the tournament here: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/msoc/index
Bekker records an assist as Boston College advances to ACC semi-finals
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sigma's Kyle Bekker set up the first goal, as freshman Diego Medina-Mendez and junior Charlie Rugg scored to lead the seventh-seeded Boston College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win at second-seeded Maryland Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Championship.
Maryland controlled possession in the opening minutes of the match, but it was Boston College that made the most of its opportunities and struck first in the 14th minute. Junior Kyle Bekker handled the ball to the left of the box and sent a low cross into the 18-yard box. A Maryland defender slowed the ball down but it went right to Rugg. He fired and hit the right post, but the rebound fell to Medina-Mendez who put it home for his seventh goal and the 1-0 lead.
Bekker was credited with two shots on goal during the game.
Boston College advances to its fifth-straight semi-finals of the ACC Championship with the win and will face third-seeded Duke Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Cary, N.C. The match will be aired live on ESPN3.com. The Blue Devils advanced on penalty kicks against Clemson after a scoreless draw.
The Eagles beat Duke in the regular season, 2-1, in double overtime in Newton.
Ranjitsingh and Mercer to face Florida Gulf-Coast in A-Sun semi-finals
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Greg Ranjitsimgh backstopped Mercer Bears to big road playoff win Wednesday 2-1 over Lipscomb in the first round of the 2011 Atlantic Sun Championship at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
Mercer (9-7-3) scored two goals in the second half for the second-straight game to come away with the come from behind win against a stunned Lipscomb (4-12-3) squad.
The first chance of the contest for either side came in the seventh minute of play off the foot of Lipscomb forward Garret Pettis. Pettis weaved through the Mercer defense and fired a shot that went right to Bears keeper Greg Ranjitsingh for the save.
Pettis threatened for Lipscomb again in the 17th minute when he brought down a long ball and fired in a low shot that Ranjitsingh corralled to keep the game scoreless.
Ranjitsingh made four saves in the win for Mercer, while McGee made fives stops in a losing effort.
Mercer now moves onto the semi-finals where it will take on No. 1 seeded Florida Gulf Coast on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
Hamilton leads OSU into Summit League tournament
TULSA, Okla. - It was senior's night for Jarrett Hamilton and the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles needed a win to advance to the Summit League Tournament. And it appeared the Hamilton wanted to play a little more soccer for OSU, leading the team to a dramatic 3-2 win over the conference's No.1 seed, Western Illinois.
ORU (6-10-1, 3-2-1 Summit League) was in a three-way tie for third place at the beginning of the day and needed a victory to qualify for the postseason. The victory over WIU will likely give the Golden Eagles the No.2 seed.
The fans flooded the field when the game ended and the Golden Eagles qualified for their second consecutive Summit League tournament.
The Golden Eagles honored their two seniors, Jarrett Hamilton and Josh Gomillion, before the start of the game. Hamilton appeared in 63 matches for the Golden Eagles, scoring 43 points with 17 goals and nine assists, including seven game winning goals. Jarrett earned First Team All-League and All Tournament honors in 2010, and led the Golden Eagles in scoring in back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011.
The Summit League Tournament begins Friday in Macomb, Illinois.
Herkimer prepares for National Junior College Div. III tournament
HERKIMER, N.Y. - Sigma's Jordan Stoddart and the Herkimer County Community College General host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Soccer Tournament ("Final Eight") from Nov. 10-13.
The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played in a split site arrangement with SUNYIT in Utica. The championship game will be held at HCCC's Wehrum Stadium on Sunday, November 13 at noon.
The Herkimer Generals will face the Bergen Community College Bulldogs in the quarterfinals on Thursday, November 10 at 11 a.m. at Wehrum Stadium. If the Generals win, they will advance to the national semifinals on Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m. at Wehrum Stadium. If they lose in the quarterfinals, Herkimer will play Friday at 1:30 p.m. at SUNYIT.
Simon Fraser ends season unbeaten, but NCAA Tournament will have to wait
SFU has completed a perfect season, going 16-0-0- in NCAA Div. II play, but is not eligible for post-season play until next season. Seattle Pacific, the GNAC second-place finishers will instead take the Clan's place and face off against Sigma's Jordan Payne and the California State of Los Angeles Golden Eagles this weekend in Seattle.
Looking back over the past two season as SFU transitioned from a NAIA school to NCAA Div. II the results are incredible. In two seasons in the GNAC, head coach Alan Koch has led SFU to a 37-2-1 record and back-to-back conference titles. In four seasons at SFU, he has a career record of 56-10-2.
Despite not being able to compete in the NCAA tournament this year, SFU dominated the conference all-star voting, earning five spots on the first team.
Golden Eagles Head Back To NCAA Championships
LOS ANGELES - After a one-year absence, Cal State L.A.'s men's soccer team will be headed back to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the fourth time in the past six years. For the first time in that stretch, though, the Golden Eagles will be going in as the California Collegiate Athletic Association champions. Cal State L.A. defeated Cal State Stanislaus (with Sigma's Nolan Holdridge) in the semi-finals and Chico State in the championship game last week in Turlock to claim the title.
Cal State L.A. is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA playoffs. The Golden Eagles also advanced in 1981, 1992, 1994, 2006, 2008 and 2009. Cal State L.A. advanced to West Region championship matches in 2009, 2008 and 2006 and reached the NCAA championship game in 1981. The Golden Eagles were defeated by Tampa, 1-0, in overtime in the title game.
Sigma's Jordan Payne finished the year tied for third in team scoring with three goals.
Adelphi earns top seed in the Atlantic Soccer Tournament
Garden City, N.Y. - Sigma's Jordan Hibbert the Adelphi Panthers are seeded first in the 2011 Atlantic Soccer Conference Tournament has been announced. Adelphi (7-9-1, 4-0 ASC) earned the #1 seed for the second straight year and will host the tournament later in the week.
Thursday's (Nov. 10) play in game will feature the #4 Bison of Howard University (3-12-2, 1-3 ASC) and the #5 Highlanders of NJIT (4-11-2, 1-3 ASC). First kick is scheduled to go off at 2pm with the winner facing Adelphi on Friday, November 11 at 7pm in the semifinal round.
#2 Longwood (11-6-1, 2-2 ASC) and #3 Houston Baptist (3-12-2, 2-2 ASC) will square off in the 4pm game on Friday in the first semifinal round. The winner will go on to the Championship to face the winner of the second semifinal round which will be played on Sunday, November 13 at noon.
Each game will be played at the Outdoor Sports Complex on Motamed Field and will be streamed live via webcast at http://www.aupanthers.tv
Appalachian State headed into the post-season on a roll
BOONE, N.C. - After a 2-0 win over Davidson on Sunday, Kristian Lee-Him and the Appalachian State University men's soccer team secured its spot in the semifinals of the 2011 Southern Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The fifth-seeded Mountaineers will host regular-season champion UNCG (9-7-2, 5-1-1) at ASU Soccer Stadium on Friday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.
The winner of the UNCG/ASU semifinal will face the victor of the second semifinal between second-seeded Furman and sixth-seeded Elon.
Friday's matches will be video-streamed by the Southern Conference with free online viewing through the league website. Visit SoConSports.com
The winner of Friday's games will earn a spot in the tournament championship on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. at ASU Soccer Stadium. The final game will be broadcast online at ESPN3.com
Welshman rises to the fore on the West Coast
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State men's soccer team (5-10-2 overall, 3-5-1 Pac-12) closes out its 2011 season when the Beavers travel to play No. 19 Washington (11-4-2, 6-3-0 Pac-12) in the teams' traditional Northwest rivalry game on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
In its most recent outings, Oregon State dropped both games of a Southern California swing to San Diego State (3-0) and No. 12 UCLA (1-0, 2 OT) over the weekend of Oct. 28-30. The Beavers have been idle since those two contests as the team's bye week fell at the end of conference play.
It's been a breakout season for junior Emery Welshman who has seven assists this season, which ties him for the Pac-12 lead and 29th in the nation. With one game still to go, Welshman is tied for seventh in single-season history at OSU and is the highest total for a Beaver since Josh Cameron had the same number is 2007. Welshman also leads Oregon State in points (13) and is tied for second in goals (3). His 60 shots this season are second in the Pac-12 and the sixth highest single-season total in program history.
Panthers miss post-season, but Morgado shines in first season
Sigma's Manny Morgado finished his rookie season at Pitt tied for second on the team in scoring. He recorded two goals and one assist for 5 points on the season. Morgado started at 18 games, and led the team with 10 shots on goal.
The Panthers finished 4-13-1 overall and 2-7 in Big East conference play.