Men's Soccer: No. 2 Seattle Pacific Faces NNU at Nampa
Midfielder Christopher Morris had two goals and an assist last week in earning GNAC Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week honrs (SPU Photo)
Midfielder Christopher Morris had two goals and an assist last week in earning GNAC Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week honrs (SPU Photo)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. -- After ending Simon Fraser’s GNAC-record tying 24-game unbeaten streak last Saturday at Burnaby, Northwest Nazarene takes on another “big game” this Thursday when they entertain unbeaten Seattle Pacific.  Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m.

The Falcons, who maintained their No. 2 rank in this week’s National Soccer Coaches of Association national poll, will bring a 6-0 record including 2-0-0 in the GNAC, into the contest.  SPU’s 6-0 start matches its 1985 and 1991 teams for the most wins to start a season.

SPU is the only GNAC team ranked nationally as Simon Fraser plummeted from 12th all the way out of the rankings after losing to the Crusaders (2-2-2, 1-0-0), who were selected the GNAC Team of the Week after earning four road points with their tie at Western Washington and win at SFU.

The 2-1 loss to NNU also ended Simon Fraser’s GNAC-record 14-game home win streak.  The previous record was 12 by Seattle University between Aug. 26, 2004 and Sept. 1, 2005 during the Redhawks’ 24-game unbeaten streak.

Simon Fraser, which is ranked sixth in this week’s NSCAA West Region poll, did keep alive its streak of scoring increasing it to 25 games, two off Seattle’s GNAC record.

In addition to the SPU/NNU matchup, Thursday’s schedule will also feature three other games.  Western Washington heads east to take on Mary.  MSU Billings entertains Saint Martin’s and Simon Fraser visits Sioux Falls.

Basso Ranks Fifth in Scoring

Simon Fraser forward Carlo Basso ranks fifth nationally in this week’s NCAA Division II national statistical report.

Basso, who is averaging 3.00 points per game, also ranks ninth in total points (15), third in goals per game (1.40) and fourth in total goals (7).

Other players ranked in the Top 10 include SFU’s Chris Bargholz, MSU Billings’ Thomas Chameraud and Sioux Falls’ Kyle Simons.

Bargholz and Chameraud are tied for second in assists per game (1.25) and fourth in total assists (5).  Simons ranks fifth in both total saves (37) and saves per game (7.40).

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Sept. 16): Team (Top 30): Scoring – 3. Simon Fraser 3.80; 28. Seattle Pacific 15.0.  Total Goals – 8. Simon Fraser 19; 21. Seattle Pacific 15.  Shutout PCT. – 22. Northwest Nazarene and Western Washington .500.  Saves – 5. Sioux Falls 7.60.  Save PCT. – 25. Northwest Nazarene .842; 29. Western Washington .833.  Total Assists – 16. Simon Fraser 13; 24. Seattle Pacific 11. Total Points – 11. Simon Fraser 51; 23. Seattle Pacific 41.  Individuals (Top 30): Points – 5. Carlo Basso, SFU, 3.00; 23. Jovan Blagojevic, SFU, 2.25.  Total Points – 9. Carlo Basso, SFU, 15.  Goals – 3. Carlo Basso, SFU, 1.40; 13. Jovan Blagojevic, SFU, 1.00.  Total Goals – 4. Carlo Basso, SFU, 7; 20. Dylan Gaydosh, SMU, 5.  Assists – 2. Chris Bargholz, SFU, and Thomas Chameraud, MSUB, 1.25.  Total Assists – 4. Chris Bargholz, SFU, and Thomas Chameraud, MSUB, 5; 23. Christopher Morris, SPU, 3.   Save PCT. – 24. Alfredo Ontiveros, NNU, .842.  Saves Per Game – 5. Kyle Simons, USF, 7.40.  Total Saves – 5. Kyle Simons, USF, 37; 12. Alfredo Ontiveros, NNU, 32; 26. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 28.

GNAC Players-of-the-Week