Burnaby, BC – The NCAA Division II men’s soccer rankings were released yesterday and the SFU Clan men’s soccer team has jumped to number three in the national poll. This is the third consecutive week the men have been named in the rankings, debuting at number 12 two weeks ago and jumping into a tie for fifth position last week. When they debuted two weeks ago, they became the first team from a Canadian school ever to be named in the NCAA National rankings.
The Clan made their jump to number three after two more wins against tough conference opponents last week.
Their first win was a convincing 5-0 victory over the Saint Martin’s Saints in Lacey, WA last Wednesday. It was a true team victory in Lacey as nine different Clan players recorded points on the afternoon with Josh Bennett and Justin Wallace recording two points each.
The second win came last Saturday at Terry Fox Field in Burnaby, BC when the Clan defeated their rivals from Seattle Pacific University by a score of 4-3. The teams traded goals throughout an intense game but SFU held on to record the victory and move to 9-0-0 on the season. There were a total of seven yellow cards and one red card handed out on Saturday night. The victory made the Clan’s place atop the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings a little more comfortable as SFU now sits six points ahead of SPU in the conference standings.
The SFU men’s soccer team hits the road this week for a trip to Hawaii. The Clan’s next three games will be played against non-conference opponents. The first match-up will be this afternoon at 3:00 PM against BYU-Hawaii. SFU will then face Hawaii Pacific on Saturday night at 7:00 PM before wrapping up their trip against University of Hawaii-Hilo next Monday at 1:00 PM.