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San Diego steamrolls Southern Oregon

Raider Roundup

SAN DIEGO, Calif. ' Very little went right for the Southern Oregon University football team Saturday as the University of San Diego handed the Raiders their worst loss in 10 years.

Evan Harvey ran for 203 yards and two touchdowns and Todd Mortensen completed 10 of 20 passes for 149 yards and four touchdowns as the Toreros romped to a 51-10 victory over the Raiders.

The loss was the worst for SOU since a 54-6 shellacking at the hands of Western Washington in 1994.

I'm not doing a good job of getting this team ready, said SOU coach Jeff Olson, whose team, ranked 23rd in this week's NAIA poll, dropped to 2-3. All the way around, we didn't get it done.

The Raiders' running woes continued Saturday as they mustered only 48 yards on 24 carries. SOU compounded its woes with five turnovers, including three interceptions, that led to 24 USD points.

We're inexperienced at the tailback position and in the offensive line, and it shows, Olson said. But we need to find a way to move the football.

— USD raced to a 16-0 lead in the first half before freshman quarterback Boomer Marshall got the Raiders on the board with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Poeltl. Marshall, the former South Medford High standout, came off the bench to complete 4 of 8 passes for 71 yards and the score. But he was also intercepted twice, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Olson used four quarterbacks in the game. Their combined statistical line was 15 of 33 for 179 yards, one touchdown and three picks.

Poeltl had five catches for 85 yards.

Senior placekicker Ryan Baker's 32-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the first half got the Raiders within 30-10, but USD scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game away.

Defensively, the Raiders were led by the nine-tackle, two pass deflection effort of senior rover Toby Walker.

At San Diego

Southern Oregon01000 - 10

San Diego1020210 - 51

USD ' Harney — run (Parker kick)

USD ' FG Parker 30

USD ' Pol 8 pass from Mortensen (pass failed)

SOU ' Poeltl 17 pass from Marshall (Baker kick)

USD ' Gasperson 42 pass from Mortensen (Parker kick)

USD ' Harney 33 run (Parker kick)

SOU ' FG Baker 23

USD ' Garton 14 pass from Mortensen (Parker kick)

USD ' Hannula 29 pass from Mortensen (Parker kick)

USD ' Johnson — run (Parker kick)



First downs1220




Return Yards14953




Time of Possession24:4635:14



Southern Oregon '

Mahasin 12-31, Kerley 8-23, Marshall 1-5, J. Despotakis 1-0, Downey 1-(-6).

San Diego '

Harney 30-203, Herron 8-26, Cianciulli 1-14, Mortensen 3-11, Johnson 2-7, Hannula 1-6, Hanson 1-1, Cale 1-0.


Southern Oregon '

Griffith 8-14-0 80, Marshall 4-8-2 71, J. Despotakis 2-8-0 19, Downey 1-3-1 9.

San Diego '

Mortensen 10-20-0 149, Johnson 2-3-0 18, Cale 1-1-0 8.


Southern Oregon '

Poeltl 5-85, Mahasin 3-15, Hill 2-29, Dice 2-19, Olson 1-20, B. Despotakis 1-7, Kerley 1-4.

San Diego '

Hannula 3-40, Gasperson 2-51, Garton 2-27, Harney 2-23, Doyle 2-18, Lazarus 1-8, Polk 1-8.


SOUTHERN OREGON 30-30-30, EVERGREEN STATE 14-12-17 ' At Ashland, The 15th-ranked Southern Oregon University volleyball team extended its home-court win streak to eight straight with a 30-14, 30-12, 30-17 romp over Cascade Conference rival Evergreen State College at McNeal Pavilion Saturday night.

Freshman outside hitter Jaclyn Hamilton-Smith keyed the Raider rumble with a collegiate-best and match-high 15 kills to help SOU (13-4, 8-1) take over sole possession of first-place in the conference standings.

The cellar-dwelling Geoducks, who had more attack errors (29) than kills (24), dropped their sixth straight match and fell to 1-13 overall and 0-9 in league play.

This was a good opportunity for a number of our younger players to receive quality match time, and I thought we did an all-around good job, Raider coach Paul Elliott said. Jaclyn really dominated the match offensively.

In addition to compiling 45 kills in 116 swings with only 13 errors (.276), the Raiders amassed a remarkable 22.6 dig-per-game average, including 21 from junior libero Kristen Lilly and 15 from senior Kristin Ferris.

SOU junior middle Nicholette Le Bel posted a seven-kill, five-block, two-ace stat line, and sophomore opposite hitter Rachael Baran contributed nine kills and three blocks.

Never seriously challenged, the Raiders went on a 9-0 run late in Game 1, had a 12-0 skein in the second stanza and a 10-0 spurt in Game 3. Evergreen took only one substantial lead all evening: 7-5 in Game — following a pair of kills from senior middle Meredith Lane.

Lane finished with eight winners and three blocks for the Geoducks, and junior Kaylene Black compiled seven kills and nine digs. Senior setter Hanna Plunk collected 15 assists and 14 digs.

Southern plays the third match of a five-event homestand next Friday against Cascade College.

Women's Soccer

SOUTHERN OREGON 4, WARNER PACIFIC 0 ' At Portland, the Southern Oregon University women's soccer team capped a dominating weekend in Portland by toppling Warner Pacific 4-nil Saturday afternoon.

The squad's second shutout in as many days moved the Raiders (4-6-1, 4-3) into second place and into playoff position in the Cascade Conference south division standings.

SOU, which outshot the Knights (3-5, 3-3) 21-4, received what turned out to be the game-winning goal 5:12 into the contest when junior forward Lisa Howard scored off a pass from senior midfielder Jeannelle Thompson.

Howard then assisted Stephani Catt's goal shortly before halftime, and senior midfielder Marissa Gillingham (62:55) and junior midfielder Jacqueline Fahrney (65:33) added insurance in the second stanza.

Freshman goalkeeper Melanie Hopkins turned away two Knight shots-on-goal to earn her second collegiate win.

Thompson led all players with five shots.

Including Friday's 7-0 win at Cascade, the Raiders took 42 shots and allowed only five in picking up the school's first road wins of the year.

Cross Country


' At Salem, the Southern Oregon men's cross country team turned in their finest performance ever at the Willamette Invitational.

Since the meet has gotten big, that's our best effort up there, SOU coach Grier Gatlin said. We beat British Columbia and Humboldt State, which are traditionally strong teams.

The Raider men placed seventh out of 28 teams, led by Trevor Palmer's 24th-place finish in 25:!4 over the 8,000-meter course. Sean Peterson (35th) and Ryan Pfeil (43rd) followed the former Crater standout to the tape.

Southern's top five runners crossed the finish line within 1:09 of each other.

Anytime you have grouping like that, you are going to place high, Gatlin said.

Junior Brynn Cogdill led the SOU women with a 71st-place finish.

Former Crater High standout Max King ran second in the elite race in 24:07.

With 928 runners crossing the finish line, the meet is the largest collegiate cross country race on the west coast.

Willamette Invitational

At Bush Pasture Park, Salem


SOU finishers '

71, Brynn Cogdill, 19:13; 98, Kindra Buys, 19:40; 114, Becca Neilson, 19:51; 179, Catalina Myers, 20:58; 216, Mallory Gordon, 21:47.


SOU finishers '

24, Trevor Palmer, 25:14; 35, Sean Peterson, 25:27; 43, Ryan Pfeil, 25;36; 66, JJ Moses, 26:07; 83, Travis Floeck, 26:32; 95, Kyle Gillette, 26:36; 98, Scott Becker, 26:38; 101, Jeff Olsen, 26:42; 119, Ryan Manies, 26:51; 126, John Cronise, 27:00; 129, Leland Fulton, 27:10.