ASHLAND — The Northwest Christian women's soccer team never seriously threatened but was able to dodge several Southern Oregon bullets, and that was all that mattered Thursday afternoon at University Field.
The Cascade Conference opener for both teams resulted in a scoreless draw despite the Raiders (4-2-3 overall) having a significant advantage over the Beacons in shots (24-4), shots on goal (8-1) and possession.
Southern Oregon's shutout was its fourth straight overall, fourth straight against the Beacons and sixth of the season. But it was also the first time the Beacons have avoided defeat against the Raiders in seven matches since they first met in 2006.
Beacons goalkeeper Kristin Fulbright needed three saves in the first half and four in the second. Her only overtime save was the most impressive, blocking an Alyssa Bricker bullet from straight on to save the match in the 98th minute.
Seven different Raiders got shots on goal but none could break through. Haliey Richmond got the only shot on goal for the Beacons, who were content playing defensive-minded for almost all of the afternoon.
The Raiders, who have been shut out three times this season, will be back in action at 10 a.m. Saturday against Corban in another CCC matchup at University Field.