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Ranjitsingh named to TopDrawerSoccer's national team of the week
MACON, Ga. - After helping the Mercer men's soccer team post its second-straight undefeated week on the pitch, sophomore goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh was voted the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week and garnered aspot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week on Monday morning.
The weekly conference honor for Ranjitsingh is his second of the season, after being named the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17. Ranjitsingh was one of only 11 players in the country named to the weekly squad and is the first A-Sun Conference player to make it onto the prestigious team.
Ranjitsingh had a memorable week in net for Mercer, helping the team win a pair of conference matches and extend its winning streak up to four games. The Pickering, Ont. native made four saves in a 2-1 win over Lipscomb on October 4 and topped that performance with a career-high 10-save effort in a 1-0 shutout win over Stetson on October 7.
The shutout win against Stetson was the 13th of Ranjitsingh's career, moving him into seventh place for the most shutouts in Atlantic Sun Conference history. As of October 8, Ranjitsingh leads all A-Sun Conference goalkeepers in every major statistic, including wins (8), goals against average (0.81), save percentage (.846) and shutouts (6).
Ranjitsingh and the rest of the Bears are back in action when they travel to Tampa to take on No. 17 South Florida on October 10. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
Bekker and BC start to spread their wings in tough ACC play
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Kyle Bekker set up fellow senior Charlie Rugg for the match's only goal in the 57th minute as the Boston College men's soccer team won at No. 15 Wake Forest, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in front of 1,514 fans at Spry Stadium.
With the win, Boston College have improved to 4-0-1 in their last five games and look like they are rounding into form at the right time as the ACC Conference schedule heats up. Bekker continues to lead his squad from the midfield and is having a great impact with his trademark creative attacking play.
BC (6-3-2, 2-1-1) returns home to host Dartmouth on October 10 at 7 p.m.
Welshman strike gives Oregon State key win over San Diego State
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - he Oregon State men's soccer got its first win of the 2012 conference season Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs. Senior forward Emery Welshman scored his seventh goal of the season in the 57th minute to provide the winning margin.
The Beavers opened the gridlock on Welshman's score 12 minutes into the second half. Welshman found a loose ball and beat San Diego State keeper Blake Hylen to the lower left corner from approximately 15 yards out to net his fourth game-winning goal of the season.
"Emery was able to turn that into a scoring opportunity and he did what Emery does," head coach Steve Simmons said. "It was a classic striker's goal."
Earlier, Oregon State suffered a tough 1-0 loss to the No.5-ranked UCLA Bruins. Welshman was quite active in the game which had many MLS scouts in attendance. Despite giving UCLA defenders a difficult evening he was quite unfortunate not to turn his opportunities into goals.
Oregon State will look to carry the momentum into a pair of home matches this weekend, hosting Stanford on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and California on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
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SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Sigma's Matt Guerriero scored and had an assist but Bryant suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss falling 3-2 to Monmouth on Sunday. Brother Lucas also started and had one shot on goal for Bryant (3-5-1 overall and 1-3 in Northeast Conference play). On Friday, Bryant lost 4-1 to Mount St. Mary's. Lucas and Matt Guerriero started both games for the Bulldogs.
BURNABY, B.C. - The Simon Fraser University Clan added another win to their record as they beat the Western Washington University Vikings 2-1. The Clan improves to 10-1 on the season and 7-1 in conference play. SFU will be back in action on Terry Fox Field October 11, 2012 at 5:00 against the University of Mary. Lucas Ferritto is out injured and did not play.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team erased a two-goal deficit late in the second half on Sunday afternoon, as the Bobcats escaped with a 2-2 draw through double overtime at LIU Brooklyn in Brooklyn, N.Y. Earlier in the week, Quinnipiac downed Sacred Heart 1-0. With the results, Quinnipiac improves to 4-4-2 overall and 2-0-1 within conference play. Sigma's Brandon Goode started and played a full 90 minutes in both games.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Appalachian State University men's soccer went down early and could not recover as Southern Conference opponent College of Charleston blanked the Mountaineers 3-0 Saturday night at Patriots Point. With the loss, the Apps drop to 4-6-1 overall and 0-2 in conference play, while the Cougars improve to 5-7 on the year and 1-1 in the SoCon. Kristian Lee-Him started in the midfield and contributed two shots on goal.
LOS ANGELES - Cal State L.A. scored two key conference wins over the weekend to move into first place in the CCAA South Division. Sigma's Jordan Payne came off the bench in both games to play significant minutes for the Golden Eagles. Cal State L.A. (8-3-1, 7-2-1 CCAA) is now 7-1-1 over its last nine games and reclaimed the CCAA South Division by two points over idle UC San Diego.
MANCHESTER, N.H. - No. 13 Southern New Hampshire University got a goal in each half en route to a 2-0 Northeast-10 men's soccer victory over Assumption College at Larkin Field Saturday night. The Penmen won their sixth in a row to up their record to 10-1 and 6-1 in the NE-10, while the Greyhounds now stand 3-5-1 and 2-4-1 in the league. Dominic Samuel started and picked up a yellow card for SNH.
ADRIAN, Mich. - Juan Bernal started and played 70 minutes in Adrian's key 1-0 win over Albion College to keep their playoff hopes alive in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) contest on a windy, rainy Saturday night.
HAYWARD, Calif. - Nolan Holdridge registered an assist in a pair of weekend wins for Cal State Stanislaus that will help solidify their playoff position. The Warriors shutout Cal State East Bay 1-0 Sunday and blanked Cal State Monterey 2-0 on Friday.
MACOMB, Ill. - IPFW earned a 1-1 tie with the Western Illinois Leathernecks in Summit League action on Saturday afternoon. Sigma's Quinn Hasenbacher did not play for the Mastodons.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Indiana Tech men's soccer team lost its first conference match of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling to the visiting Racers of the University of Northwestern Ohio 2-1. The loss dropped the Warriors to 6-4-1 overall and 2-1-1 in league play while UNOH improved to 5-6-0 and 2-2-0 in the WHAC. Rookie Reon Treavajo did not play.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Despite outshooting visiting Marshall 13-8, the University of Evansville men's soccer team fell to the Thundering Herd, 2-0, Saturday night at Arad McCutchan Stadium. Mark Anthony Gonzalez fired a trio of shots for the Purple Aces and continues his positiv play as a rookie. The Aces will open conference play Wednesday night when they travel to Springfield, Mo., for a 7 p.m. tilt with Missouri State.
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Dayton men's soccer team (7-3, 1-1 A-10) fell 1-0 to the Saint Louis Billikens (7-3, 1-1 A-10) on Sunday at Baujan Field. Ryan Lyn did not play.
GILBERT, Ariz - Jonathan Grant scored a goal in Yavapai's 16th win of the season, a 3-1 decision over Chandler-Gilbert CC. Earlier, Grant recorded an assist in 4-1 pounding of GateWay Community College. YC improves their league leading conference mark to 15-1-0 (16-0-1, overall).
SEWELL, NJ - Jordan Stoddart and the Herkimer Generals suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a 2-0 decision to First Division Mercer CC of New Jersey.
BOSTON - Adelphi fell 3-0 to Boston University dropping their record to 1-10. Sigma FC's Jordan Hibbert started and played the game on defence for the Panthers.