The SFU Clan are starting to hit their stride, firing eleven unanswered goals in their two home GNAC Conference games last week. With UVic having the week off, UBC had the local CIS university scene all to themselves, successfully hosting a couple of teams from the prairies.
While in NCAA action Brody Huitema continued his scoring streak for Duke and 2012 Whitecaps Residency graduate Ben McKendry scored his first two goals of the season for his New Mexico Lobos.]
SFU – NCAA II
The Simon Fraser University Clan had a pair of GNAC Conference home games and the new look squad now seem to have gelled and hit their stride, hitting eleven unanswered goals in two demolition games.
The SD School of Mines headed to Terry Fox Field on Thursday night but it was the SFU attack who exploded in a 5-0 victory in front of 412 fans. Ryan Dhillon and Colin Jacques gave the Clan a 2-0 lead at the half and second half goals from Adam Staschuk, Jules Chopin and Glenn Paden completed the rout. Caps Residency graduates Alex Rowley played 43 minutes in the win and had one shot, and Jason van Blerk played 28 minutes.
Another Dakota school, the University of Mary Marauders, came to the mountain on Saturday and were dispatched in even greater fashion, with the Clan romping to a 6-0 victory in front of 181 rain soaked fans. Jovan Blagojevic and Alexander Kleefeldt hit a goal in each half. Magnus Kristensen gave the Clan a 3-0 half time lead and Glenn Paden added a late sixth to round off the scoring. Alex Rowley claimed an assist on the first Kleefeldt goal and played 69 minutes, whilst Jason van Blerk played 8 minutes in the win.
The Clan have two away games in Washington coming up this week. The big rivalry game with Seattle Pacific Falcons is first up on Thursday evening, followed by Saint Martin’s Saints on Saturday afternoon.
UBC – CIS
It was a tight start to the weekend for UBC Thunderbirds as they needed a late goal by former Whitecaps Navid Mashinchi, his second of the match, to beat the Saskatchewan Huskies 3-2 on Friday. It would be Mashinchi who would open the scoring in the 16th when he converted a rebound after his initial penalty kick was stopped by the keeper.
Two minutes later former Caps PDLer Reynold Stewart headed in a cross from Milad Mehrabi to give the T-Birds a two goal advantage. The Huskies had a chance to pull one back before the half when they awarded a penalty but Chris Beck made a big stop to keep the home side up by two.
However, that save didn’t stop Saskatchewan from getting back in the match and they got two goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half, including the equalizer from recent Whitecaps trialist Brett Levis. The winner came with less than three minutes to go in the match and Mashinchi picked up his brace when he put away the ball from a scramble in the box for the win.
One day later the Thunderbirds had an easier time as they were able to beat the number four ranked Alberta Golden Bears 4-0. The first goal of the match came in the opening ten minutes when Sean Einarsson converted a flicked on throw-in. With ten minutes left in the half the Canada West leading goal scorer, and Caps Residency graduate, Paul Clerc headed in a Harry Lakhan corner to double the lead.
Clerc had been named the Canada West “1st Star of the Week” a few days earlier for his two goals in last week’s two wins.
It only took three minutes of the second half for the home side to extend their lead when Milab Mehrabi finished off a cross from Mashinchi. Ten minutes later they closed the scoring with Caps PDL star Niall Cousens picking up his third of the season, while Chris Beck earned the cleansheet.
The Thunderbirds will now travel north where they will face UNBC in Prince George for a pair of games on Saturday and Sunday this coming weekend.
Cam Hundal’s UVic Vikes head to Abbotsford to take on the University of Fraser Valley on Friday evening, then return home to play them at Centennial Stadium in Victoria on Sunday afternoon.
CAPS IN COLLEGE – NCAA I
The week started on Tuesday with a match that included two former Whitecaps Residency players with Brody Huitema’s Duke playing Wes Cain’s Wright State. It would be Duke who came out on top as Huitema, who played 65 minutes and was sporting a bandage, scored a header from a corner in the 69th minute while Wes Cain looked dangerous in his 83 minutes. (Ed: You can see highlights of the game below. Brody’s goal comes at the 1.20 mark)
On Friday Huitema started and played 68 minutes as Duke traveled to #4 Notre Dame and lost 3-1 after giving up a couple of late goals.
Wes Cain and Wright State rebounded from their loss to open conference play with a 2-0 win over Valparaiso.
Ben McKendry scored his first of the season from the top of the box in the 63rd minute, playing the full 90 minutes and firing in three shots but New Mexico Lobos were upset 2-1 by UC Davis, despite dominating the match.
The Lobos were in action again last night and so was McKendry, playing 75 minutes and grabbing his second of the season to open the scoring in the 22nd minute as New Mexico beat Marshall 3-1 in their first ever Conference USA match.
We’re going to try and get footage of Ben’s two goals, so check the AFTN twitter and we’ll let you know if we do.
A couple of big saves by Callum Irving weren’t enough for Kentucky to hold off #14 UAB in a 2-1 loss on Sunday. The day before Declan Rodriguez started and played 90 minutes as University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin defeated Detroit 5-3.
Finally, Quinton Duncan came on as a sub to play twenty minutes in University of Tulsa’s 2-1 loss to Old Dominion.
Keeper Sean Melvin made no appearances for UNC-Wilmington this week, who play Brody Huitema’s Duke tonight.