Clan's run comes to end at Final Four

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The Simon Fraser University men's soccer squad's attempt to become the first Canadian school to win a NCAA championship came to an abrupt end Thursday.

The Saginaw Valley State Cardinals of Michigan downed the Clan 3-1 in a championship semifinal in Evans, Ga.

The Cardinals scored the only goal of the first half in the 15th minute, but then added two more in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Carlo Basso got SFU's only goal in the 59th minute on an unassisted play.

"It's very disappointing, that goes without saying," said SFU head coach Alan Koch in a press release. "To lose in the semifinal of a Final Four is incredibly frustrating. I take my hat off to Saginaw Valley, their work rate was incredible.

"I think over the course of the 90 minutes they outworked us but I give my guys credit. They created ample opportunities in the second half to win the match and it's frustrating to see a quality season end the way it did."

Although the Clan outshot the Cardinals 15-7, Saginaw Valley had all seven of theirs go on goal while the Clan had just four.


Women win GNAC opener

The SFU women's basketball team opened its Great Northwest Athletic Conference season by downing the Saint Martin's University Saints of Lacey, Wash., 82-45 on Thursday.

Erin Chambers led the Clan with 24 points while guard Kia van Laare of New Westminster had nine points and three assists in 19 minutes of floor time.

Simon Fraser, which was 6-1 in pre-season play, take on the visiting Western Oregon Wolves in West Gym on Saturday at 5:15 p.m.

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