A roundup of Sigma alumni playing in Canadian and U.S. college soccer for the week ending Nov. 7:
BOSTON COLLEGE: Sophomore Kyle Bekker's goal in the 56th minute broke a 1-1 tie and classmate Sacir Hot added his second goal of the season less than three minutes later as 20th ranked-Boston College earned a 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference win over Virginia Tech before 376 fans at Thompson Field.
The Eagles will open the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on Wednesday.
The teams were tied at 1-1 after the first half of play. Sophomore forward Charlie Rugg netted his eighth goal of the season in the second minute, before Virginia Tech's David Clemens evened the score at 35:51. Both teams registered nine shots in the match.
The Eagles will await the conference's final regular-season game between Virginia and NC State on Sunday, Nov. 7 to learn of their seeding in the upcoming ACC Championship that takes place in Cary, N.C.
SIENA COLLEGE: Emery Welshman scored Siena's first two goals, but Siena was unable to clinch the MAAC Conference title, dropping a 4-3 decision to Niagara.
The Saints fell to 7-2 in the MAAC (10-7-1 overall) and finished as the No.2 seed in next weekend's MAAC Championship. They face No.3 seed Iona, a 2-0 winner over Loyola today, Friday in Baltimore. Top-seed Saint Peter's plays the fourth-seeded, and host, Greyhounds in the other semifinal.
Welshman finished the season with 13 goals and 29 points, both good enough to lead the MAAC Conference despite missing three games to injury.
RYERSON UNIVERSITY: The best season in Ryerson's OUA soccer history ended on Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the University of Western Ontario Mustangs in penalty kicks.
The score only tells half the story. The Rams, with rookie Sebastian Novais of Sigma playing a big role, were forced to come from behind to tie the game late, and again in the dying moments of overtime to force decisive penalty shots despite being reduced to nine men.
Leading scorer Adrian Mancini and playoff leading scorer Kevin Souter were ejected early in the second half after they picked up their second yellow cards.
After tying the game in the dying moments of regulation, the Rams found themselves trailing 2-1 after conceding a goal early in the first overtime period. Down two men and pressing for an equalizer, the Rams scored in the 120th minute to force penalties.
Western would regroup and go on to score all five of their shootout goals, while a Jason Morgan miss over the bar would ultimately prove costly for Ryerson. The loss eliminated the team from qualifying for the CIS national championship, which begins this week at University of Toronto.
The core of the team is still young and the only player who is ineligible to play next season is Souter. However, Souter, who scored the Rams first goal, will be making the transition from player-coach, to joining the coaching staff full-time.
SIMON FRASER UNIVERITY: SFU became the first Canadian school to ever win a conference championship when it clinched the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (NCAA Div. II) title with a 2-0 win over St. Martin's University on Saturday.
SFU finishes the regular season with a 17-1-0 record (9-1-0 GNAC) while SMU drops to 7-11-0 (2-8-0 GNAC). It marks the first time a Canadian School has won a conference championship in the NCAA.
In SFU's first season in the NCAA, the Clan missed out on an undefeated season, dropping the second-last game of the regular season with a 4-0 loss to Seattle Pacific.
In the season finale against St. Martin's Sigma alumni Lucas Ferritto and Manvir Brar came off the bench for the Clan.
SFU will travel on Tuesday to Phoenix for the 2010 Association of Independent Institutions Championship. While this is SFU's first season in the NCAA and the GNAC, the Clan is still eligible for NAIA postseason, and will play in the A.I.I. Conference tournament. SFU is currently ranked second in the NAIA Top-25 and RPI polls.
ORAL ROBERTS: In its final tune-up before Summit League Tournament play begins next weekend, Oral Roberts closed out the regular season with a 1-1 tied with IPFW, Saturday at Hefner Stadium.
Junior Jarrett Hamilton put ORU (5-7-5, 2-1-3) on the board first, scoring in the 13th minute on a give-and-go play with Sterling Copeland as the Golden Eagles seized an early 1-0 lead.
The Mastodons responded in the 24th minute when Chris Moreno found the back of the net, knotting the game at 1-1.
Up next for ORU is the Summit League Tournament, Nov. 12 and 14 in Rochester, Mich. Pairings and seeds will be announced next week.