North’s moment of magic lifts Clan to 1-0 victory
By Steve Frost
Michael North scored his third goal of the season 10 minutes into the second half to lift Simon Fraser University to a 1-0 win over Montana State University Billings in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer team action on Oct. 22 at Terry Fox Field on the SFU campus.
Neither team created many scoring opportunities. The Yellowjackets were held without a shot on goal in the match and totalled just three in the game—but North made the most of his in the second half.
North had half of the Clan’s six shots as he helped SFU improve to 6-3-4 overall and 5-2-3 in conference play. SFU’s James Fraser picked up a red card in the 56th minute when he slid into MSUB goalkeeper Tom Lohmann, spikes up, and the Clan played the rest of the match with just 10 men.
“It was a gutsy performance by our guys in the face of adversity after James was carded,” says Clan coach Clint Schneider.
“We have a group of guys who are committed to get the result on the field and to help each other out. They were frustrated with the red card but it didn’t matter because they were still going to get the result by doing whatever it takes.
“For the lack of chances we created tonight because of how good MSUB was at sitting in, I am glad that Michael had a little moment of magic,” adds Schneider. “We have seen him do it in training consistently. Everyone knows he is going left foot and he was still able to create enough room to get the shot off and the keeper didn’t have a chance.
“We switched him from the left side to the right and he got a goal out of it and gave us three points tonight.”
With the loss, MSUB fell to 7-4-3 on the season and 5-3-2 in conference play.
The Clan held MSUB without a shot over the opening 45 minutes, with MSUB’s first attempt of the game missing high in the 53rd minute.
SFU goalkeeper Brandon Watson earned his seventh shutout of the season as the Clan’s back line protected him well.
Due to an issue crossing the border, MSUB was without GNAC leading scorer Ricardo Palomino as well as junior forward Thiago Novis for the match
Simon Fraser is back in action Saturday, Oct. 24 against University of Mary on Terry Fox Field beginning at 7:30 PM.