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The Ontario University Athletics men's soccer playoffs are well underway, and after the first week of play a couple of Sigma grads have been sent to the sidelines. Michael Campea's Queen's Gaels and Sebastian Novais' Ryerson Rams both dropped heartbreaking penalty shootout losses. Queen's fell 2-1 (5-4 PKs) to Laurentian while Ryerson Rams fell 2-1 (4-2 PKs) to the nationally-ranked Toronto Varsity Blues.
McMaster Marauders moved on to the OUA Final Four to be help in Ottawa this coming weekend. Sigma's Nathanial Morris, a rookie at Mac, will be competing with the Marauders, who advanced to the Semi-finals after a win over Guelph. McMaster is ranked 7th nationally.
The OUA Final Four begins Friday at Carleton University. The four teams participating are McMaster, Toronto, Carleton and York.
California College Athletic Associated playoffs
The semi-finals are set for the CCAA tournament set for the campus of Cal-State Stanislaus this weekend, and one matchup will be a class of Sigma teammates.
Jordan Payne and the South Division champion Cal-State Los Angeles Golden Eagles will face Nolan Holdridge and the host team from Cal-State Stanislaus.
The tournament opens Friday with No. 1 seed Chico State (12-3-3, 11-3-2) facing No. 3 seed Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-4-2, 10-4-2) at 4:30 p.m. The day's final match will feature No. 2 and South Division Champion Cal State L.A. (12-1-5, 10-1-5) playing No. 4 seed Cal State Stanislaus (11-5-2, 9-5-2) at 7 p.m.
For live stats of the game see the CCAA Championship web site
Dryden, NY - The Herkimer Generals and Jordan Stoddart earned a berth in the national championship tournament with a 4-0 win over Mohawk Valley College in the Region 3 Conference final on Saturday.
The Generals, seeded No.2, faced a must win game in order to reach the national championship tournament, hosted by Herkimer from Nov. 10-13.
The win gave the Generals their 22nd consecutive regional championship Complete results for the regional tournament are available at http://region3athletics.org/
Boston College downs Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Kyle Bekker recorded an assist on the first goal as Boston College defeated Virginia 2-1 Saturday night. Bekker fed Kevin Mejia in the box and he found the back of the net to give the Eagles the lead. The No. 13-ranked Eagles close out their regular season on Wednesday, when they host the No. 4-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.
Bekker leads the team in scoring with seven goals and six assists for a total of 20 points.
Welshman shines despite loss to UCLA
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior keeper Steve Spangler made five saves, all in the second half and overtime, to keep the Oregon State men's soccer team even with No. 10 UCLA, but the Bruins finally broke through in the 103rd minute and the Beavers lost their penultimate game of the season, 1-0, in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.
The result drops Oregon State's record to 5-10-2 this season and 3-5-1 in conference action.
As he has all season, Emery Welshman made life difficult for the UCLA defence. The Sigma grad had three shots in the game, and now has 60 this season, the most for a Beaver since Danny Mwanga had 64 in 2009 and the sixth most in program history.
Oregon State is off next weekend and wraps up its season against Washington in Seattle on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
Around the continent:
WAGHINGTON - Manny Morgado scored his second goal of the season on Friday in Pittsburgh 6-2 loss to No. 19 Georgetown. On Sunday, the Panthers fell 1-0 to Marquette in the Big East regular season finale.
Morgado finished a stellar rookie season at Pitt in a second-place tie on the team's scoring lists. He tallied two oals and one assists over the season and appeared in 17 games.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Mercer men's soccer team scored two unanswered goals in the second half and Sigma's Greg Ranjitsingh held the fort as the Bears clinched a spot in the Atlantic Sun Championship tournament with a 2-1 victory over Belmont on Sunday afternoon. The Atlantic Sun tournament is scheduled for November 9-13. Mercer is back on the pitch on November 4, when it travels to North Carolina to take on ACC power Duke.
BURNABY, BC - Lucas Ferritto and the SFU Clan finished off their home schedule in style Saturday afternoon defeating the Saint Martin's Saints, 5-0. The result protects the team perfect record that no sits at 16-0.
Earlier in the week, SFU clinched the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title thanks to a 2-1 over Seattle Pacific University.
TEANECK, N.J. - The Bryant University men's soccer team fell to Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday night, dropping a 2-0 decision at University Stadium. The Bulldogs fall to 2-12-1 (1-8-0 Northeast Conference). Despite the losses it has been a successful year for Sigma grad Lucas Guerriero, who has solidified his place in the starting lineup and played a key role for the Bulldogs.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Golden Eagles (5-9-1, 2-2-1 Summit League) win a crucial conference game over IUPUI (6-9-2, 2-2-1) as they look to earn a berth in the conference postseason tournament.
Sigma's Jarrett Hamilton leads the team in scoring with six goals and one assist. He's started all 14 games for the Golden Eagles this season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The University of Dayton men's soccer team (5-13, 4-4) was blanked by No. 16 Charlotte, 1-0, on Sunday at Transamerica Field. Sigma's Ryan Lyn once again started for the Flyers as the team makes its late-season push up the conference standings. Dayton returns home for its final regular season match, hosting the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday.
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The Robert Morris University men's soccer team ended its 2011 home schedule with a 1-0 loss against Mount St. Mary's. The Colonials slip to 4-11-1 overall and 0-9 in Northeast Conference games. Sigma's Shane Beharry came close to scoring for the Colonials when he fired a point blank shot on a loose ball the keeper just saved.
DAVIDSON, N.C. - Appalachian State (8-4-4, 3-2-2 SoCon) was defeated by Davidson 3-0 in the Apps' Southern Conference finale on Saturday. The loss drops the Mountaineers to fourth in the SoCon standings, where they must await the result of the Wildcat's game against College of Charleston on Tuesday to determine their SoCon quarter-final opponent. A win or tie by DC would knock the Black and Gold to fifth and relegate them to a road quarter-final game to begin the SoCon Tournament. If CofC is victorious, the Mountaineers would host Davidson in the opening round on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Sigma's Kristian Lee-Him continues to provide support for the team off the bench, as he made another of his regular appearances on the field in the loss to Davidson.
Garden City, N.Y. - The East Coast storms forced the Adelphi Panthers to cancel their game against NJIT over the weekend. Jordan Hibbert and the rest of the Panthers will be back in action on Monday, November 7 at 7pm.
HAMDEN, Conn. - The bad weather also forced the Quinnipiac University soccer games, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field, to be postponed. Remere Warner and the rest of the Bobcats will be in action later this week, though the exact time of the rescheduled games was not immediately known.