Late score lifts Holy Names over SOU in soccer
ASHLAND ' Freshman Serena Macias scored with 30 seconds remaining to lift Holy Names College to a 3-2 nonconference women's soccer victory over Southern Oregon University Saturday.
Despite being outshot 30-13, the Hawks (1-3), a second-year intercollegiate program, never trailed and registered the school's most meaningful victory to date when Macias sent the game-winning, 15-yard missile past leaping Raider goalie Patti McCoy into the upper-right side of goal.
The setback dropped SOU to 1-1 overall and snapped the Raiders' five-game home undefeated streak dating back to last October.
This is a disappointing loss because we had so many opportunities to score all game long, fourth-year Raider coach Jose Chavez said. It was a good display of soccer, but we need more intensity and a dedication to be finishers on the offensive end.
— Holy Names opened the scoring in the 22nd minute on junior forward Tenley Garcia's 5-yarder to McCoy's right, but Raider midfielder Lindsey Karsten scored an equalizer six minutes later.
Southern then held the Hawks without a shot attempt until the closing seconds of the first half.
Holy Names broke its offensive lull when Garcia's perfect left cross was headed into goal by Rocio Ferree in the 53rd minute, but sophomore Katie Emerson tied the contest at 2-all by outhustling goalie Elba Campos on a sloppy Hawk drop pass at the 59-minute mark.
The Hawks survived a pair of SOU corner kicks in the three minutes of action after Macias' game-winner, and Campos staved off the threat with a leaping save of Marissa Gillingham's header in front of goal in stoppage time.
Sophomore midfielder Lisa Howard led Southern with six shots, while Karsten and Emerson attempted five each.
Southern opens a two-week, seven-game road trip Monday afternoon against Dominican College in San Rafael, Calif.
SOU 30-27-30-30, WARNER PACIFIC 18-30-23-20 ' At Portland, ninth-ranked Southern Oregon used stellar defense to overcome a sluggish offensive night and defeated Cascade Conference rival Warner Pacific.
The Raiders (4-2, 2-0 Cascade) recorded their seventh straight win over the Knights.
Senior All-American Kristina Matchett led SOU for the second straight evening with a match-high 20 kills in 49 attempts.
Matchett, senior all-star middle Lindsey Aitchison (13 kills) and junior hitter Kristin Ferris (nine) accounted for 42 of the team's 52 winners.
Sophomores Nicholette Le Bel (eight blocks) and Kristen Lilly (26 digs) had career-best outings.
SOU had 96 digs to Warner Pacific's 70.