Simon Fraser scores early and often in first-round win against Cal Baptist
LOS ANGELES -- Simon Fraser defeated Cal Baptist 5-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. With the win, Simon Fraser moves on in the tournament and will face Cal State Los Angeles at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Simon Fraser had a tough match-up in front of them as Cal Baptist recently earned the PAC-West title.
The first goal of the game came from Alexander Kleefeldt who had a one-touch shot from 25 yards out that Cal Baptist keeper, Joey Pacheco, missed in the upper left corner. This was Kleefeldt's fourth goal of the season.
Alex Rowley scored his first goal of the season to put Simon Fraser up 2-0 10 minutes before the half. Rowley was assisted by Carlo Basso with a short pass from 17 yards.
Ryan Dhillon beat Cal's keeper one-on-one with a shot to the left side to notch his eighth goal of the season. Immeadiately after Dhillon's goal, Alex Rowley scored again to put Simon Fraser up 4-0 going into the half.
Ten minutes into the second half, Colin Jacques was assisted by Chris Bargholz and Jovan Blagojevic to score his ninth goal of the season. Jacques rebounded a shot from the keeper to half volley it into the net, adding Simon Fraser's final goal of the game.
Though the score does not show it, Simon Fraser only outshot its opponent 13-12.
Simon Fraser will have another tough opponent on its hands as it faces CCAA champion, Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday.