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Clan suffer first loss since 2010

Article Written by Ben Hodge
Published: September 18, 2012

Burnaby, BC - The Simon Fraser University Clan could not manage to keep their winning streak alive on Saturday afternoon at Terry Fox Field, as they fell to Northwest Nazarene Crusaders 2-1.

"It's a very disappointing result," said head coach Alan Koch.  "We weren't at our best and we didn't deal with a little bit of adversity very well at all  I think we can learn a lot from the way NNU came in here and played.  They had a good approach to the game and we have to have the same mental approach."

It was the first loss for the SFU men's soccer team since November 21, 2010 and it also marked the end of the Clan's 24 game unbeaten streak, which ties a Great Northwest Athletic Conference record.

"It's great to have tied the GNAC record for consecutive unbeaten games but it's very disappointing not to get the three points today," finished Koch.

SFU controlled the play in the first half, as they fired shots from all over the box but could not find the back of the net.

In the first eight minutes, SFU had four shots.

The Clan had the first great opportunity of the match, when Helge Neumann (Oslo, Norway) just missed a goal with a header that went off the post in the sixth minute.

Despite outchancing NNU, the  Crusaders were opportunistic, managing to find the back of the net twice despite being outshot 22-10.

Daniel Clark scored the first goal for Northwest Nazarene, in the 72nd minute, with an assist going to Jaime Torres.

In the 87th minute, the Crusaders added to their lead with a goal from Torres to make it 2-0.  This time the assist went to Emerson Peredo.

Chris Bargholz (Fuessen, Germany) kept hopes alive for SFU with a goal on a header in the 89th minute to cut the lead in half.

The Clan continued to pressure NNU but they could not find the back of the net, and took the 2-1 defeat.

With the loss, SFU's record falls to 5-1 on the season, 1-1 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.

SFU will be back in action when they travel to Sioux Falls, SD to face their newest GNAC rival, the University of Sioux Falls on Thursday, September 20.  Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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