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Cougars Get Clanned

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Published
September 7, 2012
By
Chris Baker
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BURNABY, B.C.-- The NCAA Div. II’s 7th ranked Simon Fraser outshot the Azusa Pacific men’s soccer team 29-12 in a 6-1 victory, handing the Cougars their worst loss since a 7-1 defeat from The Master’s back in the 1990 NAIA District playoffs. Simon Fraser, which has dominated opponents this season, getting a five-goal performance from Carlo Basso in an opening 6-0 win over Thompson Rivers, and then shutting out Vancouver Island in a 3-0 victory, extended its unbeaten streak to 22 matches with the win, while the Cougars (2-1-1) posted their first loss of the season.

The Clan got goals from six different players in the match, and have outscored opponents 15-1 in 2012, giving up their first goal of the year to Leonardo Grigg in the 88th minute. And while Friday night’s match saw an end to the Clan’s shutout streak, the team’s impressive campaign continued.

Simon Fraser opened the scoring with a goal from Colin Jacques in the 31st and then made it 2-0 when Lucas Ferritto found the back of the net just before the end of the half. In the first 45 minutes the Clan recorded 18 shots while holding Azusa Pacific to four. Simon Fraser also held a 10-1 edge in corner kicks.

Azusa Pacific’s deficit grew to three goals in the 54th minute on Justin Wallace’s first score of the season, and just two minutes later Basso notched his seventh goal in three matches to make it a 4-0 contest. Jovan Blagojevic continued the spurt, scoring the game’s fifth goal in the 57th minute, giving Simon Fraser a more-than comfortable lead.

In the 85th minute John Hodnett provided the home team’s highlight of the night, converting a bicycle kick off a cross from Ryan Dhillon to put the Clan ahead 6-0. And while the match was securely tucked away for Simon Fraser the Cougars continued to fight, earning a couple of late chances before Grigg broke Simon Fraser’s 268 minute shutout streak in the 88th minute for his second goal of the season.

The loss dropped the Cougars’ record to 4-2 against the Clan in the teams’ all-time series. Azusa Pacific’s next match will be the team’s Pacific West Conference debut against Academy of Art University in San Francisco on Sept. 13 at 11 a.m.