SFU rises to No. 2 on hot start

It’s four-of-a-kind for Simon Fraser University’s men’s soccer team.

Beginning a new NCAA season on the right foot, the No. 4-ranked Clan won its fourth straight road of the young season, blanking Cal State Dominguez Hills 3-0 on the weekend in non-conference soccer play.

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It came on the heels of SFU being bumped up from 20th to No. 4 in the NCAA Div. 2 national rankings.

Deadlocked in a scoreless draw at halftime, the Burnaby Mountain squad took the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Cariboo Hill Secondary alum Rahid Rahiem took advantage of a poor clearing attempt and buried it into the lower corner for his second of the year.

At the 83rd minute, Connor Glennon provided the finish on a well-executed give-and-go between Matteo Polisi and Mamadi Camara. A few minutes later, Glennon would return the favour and set up Camara, who drilled the ball into the bottom corner for his third tally of the season.

Burnaby native Luciano Trasolini didn’t have to make a save in recording his second shutout of the season.

“It was a good win on the road against a team that is better than their record,” said Clan head coach Clint Schneider. “We turned in a professional performance on this road trip to come away with a 4-0 record.”

SFU now moves on to Bismark, N.D., where they’ll square off against the University of Mary on Thursday and Oklahoma Baptist University on Saturday. Their home-opener is Sept. 20 against Montana State-Billings.

 

Clan’s road rally falls short

The SFU women’s soccer team stumbled early and were unable to duplicate an earlier come-from-behind effort in falling 3-2 to Westminster College on Monday in Salt Lake City.

Trailing 2-0 after just 17 minutes, the Clan got goals from Katelyn Erhardsen and Burnaby’s Christina Dickson before halftime to draw even. Westminster cashed in the winning goal in the 51st minute.

The loss came on the heels of a 4-2 road victory over Notre Dame de Namur, which saw the Clan trail 2-0 before rallying with four straight goals.

SFU ended its four-game road swing with a 2-2 record. They launch the NCAA Div. 2 regular season Saturday at home Western Oregon, 3 p.m. at Terry Fox field.

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