SEATTLE, Wash. — Third-ranked Simon Fraser battled rival No. 11 Seattle Pacific and came away with a 1-0 overtime victory on Sunday.
The match came two days after the Clan had clinched their third consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship.
“I wasn’t overly happy with our performance [Sunday], but was very happy with the character shown to get a tough result on the road,” head coach Alan Koch said. “We will feed off this getting ready for our final regular-season match next week against Western Washington.”
The first and second ranked teams in the west region battled through 90 minutes of regulation with neither team managing to score a goal.
It wasn’t until the 97th minute that John Hodnett came off the bench and found the back of the net from three yards out to score the game-winner.
Ryan Dhillon got the assist on the only goal of the game. It was Hodnett’s sixth goal of the season.
“We preach depth and it was great to see Ryan [Dhillon] put in another quality performance and to have John [Hodnett] come off the bench to score the game-winner,” Koch said.
Both teams had 13 shots in the match, with the Clan putting five on net while the Falcons had one shot on goal with JD Blakley making one save for SFU, and Zach Johnson making four for SPU.
With the victory, the Clan improve to 15-1-1 on the season, 11-1-1 in GNAC play.