ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University women's soccer team scored three goals in the first 30 minutes to open its season with a 3-0 victory over Trinity Lutheran Thursday afternoon at University Field.
Southern Oregon returns to action Saturday morning, when it hosts The Master's in an 11 a.m. matchup.
Kennedy Roteman opened the scoring early for Southern Oregon, taking a pass from Danielle Stave on the left side and knocking it in from eight yards out in the 10th minute. Seven minutes later Stacy Hamer made it 2-0 after she took the ball up the field herself and shot it to the left of the TLC keeper.
Returning honorable mention All-American Stephanie Carr scored the Raiders' final goal, working her way past the keeper to score her 24th career goal.
The Raiders finished the match with 16 shots, including six on goal, while limiting Trinity Lutheran to four. Starting goalkeeper Kelsey Clement played the first 81 minutes for the Raiders, with Katelyn Allen coming in for the final nine minutes of the shutout.
SOU DROPS TWO — At La Mirada, Calif., Southern Oregon dropped two matches in the first day of the Biola Summer Slam, losing in straight sets to 24th-ranked Westmont College and The Masters College.
Westmont beat Southern Oregon, 25-18, 25-22, 25-12, and The Masters beat SOU, 25-19, 25-11, 25-23.
Westmont limited Southern Oregon (3-4) to a .118 attack percentage and 25 kills in the first sweep, while the Warriors finished with a .288 attack percentage and 44 kills. Madison Serrano finished with a match-high 13 kills and Heidi Thompson added 10 to lead Westmont. No Raider finished with more than five kills in the match.
Southern Oregon hung close early in the first set, taking a 10-8 lead before Westmont scored seven straight points to pull ahead by five.
The second set saw SOU battle back from three different four-point deficits to tie it up at 19-19. Westmont responded with a four-point run, but consecutive blocks helped the Raiders score the next three points to make it 23-22 before the Warriors picked up the last two to earn the 25-22 win.
An 11-point Westmont run in the third set helped clinch the match.
Against The Masters, Haley Kasler led the Raiders with seven kills, while Caryn Westrick had 15 assists and Katie Thompson seven digs.