ASHLAND — For the first time in five matches, the Southern Oregon University soccer team's defense surrendered a goal Saturday morning at University Field.
Its attack woke up just in time, however. The Raiders fell behind twice but ambushed the Corban Warriors with four second-half scores for a 5-3 Cascade Conference win, the first in the career of SOU interim head coach Jenni Rosenberg.
Tera McDonough and Audrey Sullivan assisted each other in a three-minute span to put the Raiders (5-2-3, 1-0-1 CCC) in a 2-0 first-half hole. Alyssa Bricker got SOU on the board with a penalty kick right before halftime and Jacquie Galvez tied it up in the 52nd minute, but Paige Kilpatrick, Megan McArthur and Lauren Aldana all did their damage between the 75th and 79th minutes for the Raiders.
Coming off Thursday's scoreless draw against Northwest Christian, the goal total was SOU's highest in a conference match since Sept. 16, 2005, when they defeated Corban 5-1.
Corban — which took another lead, 3-2, in the 71st minute on Sullivan's second goal and McDonough's second assist — dropped to 5-5-1 overall and 1-1-0 in CCC play.
The Raiders put 12 of their 17 shots on goal and the Warriors six of nine. Both teams benefited from a strong, game-changing wind, the Warriors in the first half and the Raiders in the second.
Galvez knocked in her equalizer from 25 yards out over Corban goalkeeper Kaitlynn Mendenhall. When the Raiders went down again 19 minutes later, it was Kilpatrick with the tying goal. A Corban deflection freed her up atop the box where she sent a liner into the back of the net.
McArthur connected with Lauren Aldana for the go-ahead score 80 seconds later from straight on and 25 yards out, and Aldana tacked on the last goal when Serena DeChristofaro's deflected shot set her up from point-blank range.
Galvez, Kilpatrick, McArthur and Aldana had all been scoreless on the season coming into the day. Bricker's goal was her third.
SOU 3, NORTHWEST 0 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon University got exactly what it hoped for to start its homestand: a couple of much-needed breezy wins.
The Northwest Eagles were the second opponent to go down in straight sets against the Raiders at Bob Riehm Arena in as many nights as SOU notched a 25-16, 25-18, 25-17 win that was never in doubt.
The Raiders went to 6-3 in Cascade Conference play and 9-7 overall, their first time getting two games over the .500 mark this season. Northwest (6-11, 2-5) was swept for the seventh time in eight matches and lost its 20th straight match against SOU.
Mona Goudarzian and Paulla Pinheiro spearheaded another strong hitting night for the Raiders with 17 and 13 kills, respectively. Goudarzian had an attacking average of .455 and Pinheiro .478, helping the Raider attack at .282 as a team.
Renee Yomtob recorded 24 digs while Pinheiro and Brookelynn Cole had nine each. Lauren McGowne hooked up 38 assists, bringing her total to 88 on the weekend at an average of 14.7 per set.
Hannah Hanson had eight kills for Northwest, which hit .126.