Phoenix boys take first
EUGENE - The Phoenix boys cross country team placed first with a low score of 50 at the Northwest Cross Country Classic at Lane Community College on Saturday.
The Pirates occupied the top three finishers with junior Nathan May taking home first place with a time of 16:20.
Sophomore Kyle Gillette grabbed second place after running a 16:44 and junior Lalo Flores secured third with a low of 16:46.
In the girls event Henley finished fourth with a score of 120, while the Pirates finished fifth after posting a 147.
Junior Leah Sawyer of St. Mary's captured fourth place with a time of 20:30.
Sophomores Amanda Phillips and Kristen Davis finished 16th and 19th respectively for the Pirates after running times of 21:55 and 22:02.
SOU women's soccer triumphs
ASHLAND - Southern Oregon University dug itself a big hole, then crawled out of it for a thrilling, 4-3 Cascade Conference women's soccer victory over Albertson College Saturday.
The Raiders (4-5, 4-2 Cascade) came back from a 3-1 halftime deficit to win its third straight league contest and avenge an early-season overtime loss to the Coyotes (3-5-1, 2-3-1 Cascade).
Southern opened the scoring in the 11th minute when senior forward Alison Richards located freshman midfielder Amber Velasco for an easy 10-yard strike past Albertson goalkeeper Nicole Funk, who slipped while attempting the save.
The Coyotes, however, appeared to take control of the game with three consecutive goals within 20 minutes leading up to halftime from junior forward Becky Robertson, including a pair of scores on penalty kicks.
The Raiders, who outshot the Coyotes 20-9 and held them to two shots in the second half, cut the deficit in half at the 66-minute mark on a Jacqueline Fahrney-to-Monica Doshier scoring connection.
SOU then pulled even less than four minutes later when junior defender Deborah Bigelow, playing forward instead of her customary defensive role, cashed in from 15 yards out from a crossing pass from freshman Jeannelle Thompson.
Southern capped the comeback in the 84th minute when Richards took a long lead pass from Thompson and connected from 25 yards out.
After Robertson failed to convert a one-on-one opportunity in the 86th minute, the Raiders staved off a pair of Coyote corner kicks in stoppage time to preserve the win.
"We had a chance to really jump on them early," Raider coach Jose Chavez said, "but we came back to take advantage of opportunities when we needed them the most."
Richards, a four-year point guard on the SOU basketball team, finished the two-game weekend homestand with five goals and an assist.
"The whole team draws off her intensity, and we're seeing the results," Chavez said.