Simon Fraser Moves To No. 1 In Division II
Forward Matteo Polisi leads Simon Fraser with 26 points through eight matches.
Forward Matteo Polisi leads Simon Fraser with 26 points through eight matches.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After tallying a 6-1 victory at Saint Martin's over the weekend for its seventh win away from home this season, the Simon Fraser men's soccer team moved up two spots in the United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll to No. 1.

The Clan is off to a perfect 8-0-0 start to the season, a stretch that includes away victories over then top-20 opponents Cal Poly Pomona (3-0) and Cal State LA (2-1). The team has also won both of its GNAC matches to date in grand fashion, topping Montana State Billings and Saint Martin's by a combined score of 10-1.

Clint Schneider's team climbed as high as No. 3 in the country last season before earning a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Division II Championships. 

Simon Fraser has gone unbeaten in its last 11 regular season matches, a streak that stretches back to last season. The program has been the class of the conference for the past few seasons, finishing at the top of the GNAC table in both 2017 and 2016. 

The team is led this season by sophomore Matteo Polisi, who has recorded 26 points on nine goals through eight matches. He is followed closely by midfielder Mamadi Camara and forward Connor Glennon, both of which have also already ascended the 20-point plateau.

A powerful offensive attack not only has SFU at the top of the national rankings, but the team is near the top of every statistical category as well. They rank second in Division II in goals (31), scoring offense (3.88 goals per game) and total points (87).

The Clan will be back in action this week, playing their second home match of the season against second-place Concordia on Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Burnaby, B.C.