No. 13 Texas Uses 7-0 Q3 Run to Sink No. 8 Simon Fraser

WEST LINN, OR (April 14, 2014) Despite clutching on to one-goal leads of 2-1 and 3-2 after the first and second quarters and holding a 39-33 advantage in shots over 60 minutes, No. 8 Simon Fraser would fall 11-4 to No. 13 Texas after allowing the Longhorns to take control with a 7-0 run in the third quarter. The loss drops the Clan to 11-3 on the year while Texas closes out their regular season with a record of 11-4.

Only four SFU players found the back of the net on what was an uncharacteristically quiet day for Fraser offensively, with Sam Clare (Ladner, BC/Vancouver College), Casey Foster (Edmonton, AB/St. Francis Xavier), Tyler Kirkby (Burnaby, BC/Burnaby South Secondary) and Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK/Evan Hardy Collegiate) the only players to beat Texas goaltender Jordan Lee (Dallas, TX/Highland Park HS), who made 21 saves to hold the Clan to their lowest goal output of the season.

Clare won the games first face-off and buried the fast break to open the scoring at the 19:54 mark. Fraser dominated early time of possession, narrowly missing on several quality chances, before Spencer capitalized in close to put the Clan up 2-0. It would take a Texas man-up to give the Longhorns their first quality opportunity on offense, with senior attackman Cody Crews (Highland Park, TX/Highland Park HS) making no mistake to reset the score to 2-1, where it would stay to round out the quarter in the face of a 14-5 SFU shot advantage in the frame.

Fraser would show signs of pulling away again in the second period as a goal by Foster extended the SFU lead back to two at 3-1, while also drawing a flag on the play for a late hit. Unable to convert on the ensuing man-up, Texas would again take advantage of the Clan's seldom seen inability to cash in offensively by countering and again closing the score back to a one goal deficit at 3-2 on a goal by senior midfielder Josh Francis (Dallas, TX/Highland Park HS). In what was a much more closely contested quarter than the first, the two teams would stay knotted the rest of the half, with more unsettled play from SFU forcing the Clan to cling on to a 3-2 lead heading into the intermission.

The third quarter would be all Texas, as the Longhorns went on a 7-0 charge that easily erased the narrow first-half lead built by the Clan and put Texas firmly in control down the stretch. Senior attackman Elliot Chang-Tung (Dallas, TX/St. Mark's HS) initiated the third quarter onslaught off a pass from Crews, followed by midfielder Mac Maguire (Dallas, TX/Dallas Jesuit), and then John Jackson (Austin, TX/Westlake HS), assisted by Trevor Wolf (Berkeley, TX/Berkeley HS), to tilt the table's in UT's favor at 5-3.

Following a SFU timeout, the Longhorns would continue to keep the Clan on their heels with goals by Roderick Mayberry (Austin, TX/Bowie HS), Elliot Chag-Tung, again assisted by Crews, and Maxwell McKinnon (Mooreville, NC/The Woodlands) forcing the Clan to use their final timeout of the half to end another three-goal Texas run and make a further attempt to try and stall the Longhorn momentum with the score now 8-3. Texas would add one more nail in the coffin with Crews finishing a pass from Francis to close out the quarter and put the Longhorns ahead 9-3.

SFU would finally provide some push back in the fourth quarter but UT would continue to hold a second-half edge on the scoresheet, outscoring the Clan 2-1 over the final 15:00 minutes to seal an impressive come-from-behind win on the strength of Texas' third quarter outburst.

Francis did more damage off a feed from Elliot Chang-Tung to extend the Longhorn lead to 10-3, with Kirkby finally answering back for the Clan at 10-4 in a much more tightly contested quarter, and Texas freshman midfielder Evan Chang-Tung (Dallas, TX/St. Mark's HS) scoring the concluding marker for a final score of 11-4 and a well earned upset of the No. 8 Clan.

Simon Fraser will now have their only bye week of 2014 before wrapping up the regular season in Missoula, Montana on Saturday, April 26 for a 1:00 pm face-off inside Washington Grizzly Stadium versus the University of Montana.

Texas will now return home to host the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the first round of the Lone Star Alliance conference play-off at 11:00am on Saturday, April 19.

2014-04-15



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