SFU males's and ladies's soccer groups each qualify for NCAA Div. II nationwide championship tournaments

It is the sixth journey ever for the boys’s program however the first for the ladies, who had modified coaches over the low season

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For the primary time, the SFU Pink Leafs males’s and ladies’s soccer groups have each certified for his or her NCAA Div. II nationwide championship tournaments.

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Coach Clint Schneider’s SFU males (11-4-2) are the No. 7 seeds for Tremendous Area 4 and kick off proceedings of their 40-team match Thursday by going through the No. 10 Level Loma Nazarene Sea Wolves (12-4-2) of San Diego at Cal State Los Angeles. 

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The winner of that match takes on the bracket host and No. 2 Cal State LA Golden Eagles (16-1-2) on Saturday.

In the meantime, interim coach Carlo Basso’s SFU ladies (8-5-5) are No. 6 seeds for the West Regional and, because it occurs, will face No. 3 Cal State LA (9-2-8) in Thursday’s opener at Seattle Pacific. The winner meets the bracket host and No. 2 Seattle Pacific Falcons (12-3-5) Saturday because the 56-team competitors continues. 

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SFU moved its athletic program to NCAA Div. II in 2010, with the soccer groups shifting over from the small-college NAIA. That is the sixth journey to the nationwide match for the SFU males since then. They misplaced within the semifinals in each 2012 and 2013.

That is the primary journey to the NCAA nationals for the ladies. They have been within the information for causes off the pitch within the low season.

Basso, who had been an assistant to bench boss Annie Hamel, was named as interim head coach in August. Hamel, who been on the SFU helm since 2014, was not listed as head coach on the staff web site at the moment. 

SFU wouldn’t talk about Hamel’s standing, with director of media relations and public affairs Braden McMillan explaining by way of e-mail that “on account of privateness concerns, I can’t touch upon employment issues.”

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A Might e-mail from McMillan acknowledged that SFU had employed North Vancouver lawyer Sarah Chamberlain, who focuses on office conflicts, to look into points with the ladies’s soccer program earlier than including that “the college takes complaints of bullying and harassment very significantly.”

Hamel was by no means talked about immediately within the e-mail. She wasn’t talked about both when then athletic director Theresa Hanson defined in a March e-mail that “we’re conscious of considerations raised by members of the SFU ladies’s soccer staff,” that the athletic division was conducting an investigation, and that the “staff will likely be underneath the course of different members of athletics workers whereas we work to know extra.”

SFU and Hanson agreed to half methods in August and a substitute has but to be named.

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Basso’s staff, who’ve 10 freshmen listed on their 26-player roster, began the season 2-2-2 and had a 1-3-2 stretch halfway by means of the season. 

They obtained a purpose within the 81st minute from sophomore ahead Raegan MacKenzie on Saturday and beat the Western Washington Vikings 2-1 in Ellensburg, Wash., to assert Larger Northwest Athletic title. It was SFU’s first win over Western Washington since Sept, 17, 2005. 

“I’m so happy with the group,” Basso instructed media after the sport.

“After which to complete off the sport the way in which we did, I believed we dealt with and coped the final 10 minutes so tremendously nicely. So I’m happy with the group and simply actually can’t say sufficient form phrases about Western (Washington) and what they’ve accomplished, in creating their custom. And particularly our group, we’re a program that wishes to be elite. We’re a program that wishes to develop. And immediately we made an enormous assertion by successful our first convention title.”

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Schneider’s staff received its GNAC title Saturday with a 5-1 rout of the Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks on the Burnaby Lake Sports activities Complicated.

On Tuesday, SFU senior ahead Devin O’Hea was named GNAC participant of they 12 months. He’s the ninth participant from SFU to win the honour general.

Senior defender Niko Papakryriakopoulos was picked defensive participant of the 12 months and freshman ahead Michael Hennessy was named freshman of the 12 months. 

“I’m very completely satisfied for my guys who’ve been acknowledged by my friends within the convention,” Schneider stated. “Each one among them is deserving.”

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