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Courtesy: USF Athletics

Cougars to Host Simon Fraser on Thursday

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 09/19/2012
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Fresh off their first taste of GNAC competition, the USF men’s soccer team (0-5, 0-2 GNAC) returns home to host Simon Fraser (5-1, 1-1 GNAC) on Thursday, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CT at USF Field.

The Simon Fraser University Clan will arrive at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport having just seen their 24-match unbeaten streak snapped last Saturday with a 2-1 loss to the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders. The loss dropped the previously No. 12-ranked Clan out of the NCAA D-II top-25 poll.   

It was the first loss for the SFU men's soccer team since November 21, 2010.

This will be the second-ever matchup between USF and Simon Fraser, as the Cougars hosted the Clan last season as part of the season-ending USF Classic tournament. USF suffered a 3-0 setback to the Clan, who were the nation’s No. 1-ranked team at the time.  

USF opened conference play on the west coast last weekend. The Cougars trailed No. 2 Seattle Pacific just 1-0 at the half, but ultimately defensive miscues resulted in a 2-0 loss to the Falcons in their GNAC debut.

The Cougars followed that with a heart-breaking 3-2 loss to Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. USF held a 2-1 lead late in the second half but the Saints scored the equalizer in the 15th minute. Saint Martin’s wasn't done as they kept the pressure on the Cougars defense as the clock winded down and they found the back of the net with only 40 seconds remaining on the clock.

USF enjoyed splendid play from senior forward Brice Holiday, who was responsible for both Cougar tallies.

The Cougars have been led offensively by Holiday, who has scored three of the Cougars’ five total goals, giving him 20 career goals and 38 points. Connor Shefte and Mark Tollefsrud have one goal each, while Ryan Keohane and Juan Duque-Delgado have each dished an assist.

In goal, junior Kyle Simons have kept the Cougars in every match. Simons owns a 3.63 goals-against average in 447 minutes, with 37 saves.

USF is in the midst of the most challenging schedule in program history, as the Cougars have already faced No. 13 Fort Hays State, No. 20 Northeastern State and No. 2 Seattle Pacific. The Cougars have totaled five goals and 1.00 goals per game, with 8.6 shots per game and 4.4 shots on goal per match. 

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