First Round Results from the MCLA National Championships

After jumping out early, the frenzied pace slowed, as the Cougars were given a penalty for tripping 6 minutes into the quarter. On the ensuing man-up opportunity Grand Canyon found space in the defense and took an in tight shot on goal. Junior Goalie Rob Ostler was equal to the challenge, but the rebound was picked up by Junior Carson Barton of Grand Canyon and put away quickly to get the 'Lopes on the board for the first time.

Both defenses tightened up for the remainder of the quarter, and the first quarter ended 4-1 in favor of the Cougars.

The second quarter saw more settled action for both teams. Senior Jake Ferrin pushed the lead back to 4 for the Cougars early on, but Barton answered right back with a goal of his own to keep the 'Lopes within 3. As the half began to wind down, Fabrizio again found space and beat the keeper for his third goal of the game. The half ended with the Cougars up 6-2.

“We knew that Grand Canyon likes to play an up and down style, but we were determined to force them into a 6v6 game today,” said BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck. “We did that in the first half, and it showed on the scoreboard.”

The second half started much the same way as the first, with the Cougars jumping on the board again early. Pat Matheson picked up where he left off in the first half, beating his man and finishing an impressive one-handed goal. The flood gates opened for BYU as they scored the next 6 goals, extending the lead all the way 13-2.

The 'Lopes put a small run of their own, scoring back to back goals, including another tally from Barton. Matheson ended the run, deciding that another one-handed goal was in order, sending the Cougar bench into a frenzy and putting BYU ahead 14-4 headed into the 4th quarter.

The 4th quarter saw the Cougars able to get some playing time from the majority of their bench. Freshman Sean Goar stepped into the goal and made several point blank saves to keep Grand Canyon from crawling back into the game. Ferrin found the net again with just 1 minute left, sealing the game at 17-8 for the Cougars.

“We felt as a defense we had played a soft game against GCU when we played in Arizona,” said Assistant Coach Jordan Harris. “We wanted to come out and make a statement that our defense can stop anyone. Freshman Chance Cooper has blossomed into an incredible defender this year, and he helped us shut down a high powered offense.”

“We have been working hard in practice to focus on the fundamentals of defense,” said Cooper. “It showed in our play tonight. Now we are focused on bringing that same intensity to our next game.”

The Cougars move on to the MCLA Quarterfinals tomorrow against The University of Oregon who defeated the Chapman Panthers in quadruple overtime tonight.

“This week is all about 1 game at a time,” said Schneck. “We play a tough Oregon team that is playing in front of an incredible goalie, it's going to be a fight. We are looking forward to it.

The Cougars and Ducks will square off at 4:30 EDT tomorrow. The game will be streamed at

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Westminster College remained perfect in first round games at the MCLA National Championships with a 16-4 win over 15th-seeded Briarcliffe (N.Y.) on Monday morning at the Wenwood Soccer Complex.

The second-seeded Griffins are now 15-5 on the season and they advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament where they will face the No. 10 seed Indiana Tech on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. MT. Westminster has now won four straight games and they are 7-0 all-time in the team's first game at the MCLA tournament.

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