Hixon, Perkinson pace SOU runners at Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. — Jared Hixon and Jessa Perkinson were Southern Oregon's top finishers Saturday at the Stanford Invitational cross country meet, as the Raider men, ranked No. 1 in NAIA, took 10th and the No. 16 Raider women were 18th on the Stanford Golf Course.
Hixon, a senior All-American who won last week's Cascade Conference Preview Meet, placed 17th of 283 finishers in a field that consisted mostly of NCAA Division I runners. He completed the 8,000-meter course in 24 minutes 19.7 seconds, and was followed by teammates Ray Schireman in 56th place (24:53.9), Zach Boyd-Helm in 78th (24:13.0) and Connor Cushman in 116th (25:40.5).
Stanford, ranked second in the NCAA, won the men's race and Chico State was second. Stanford's Sean McGorty was the individual titlist, finishing of 23:07.0 for a 26-second win.
Perkinson placed 53rd of 255 on the 6,000-meter women's course with a time of 22:09.2. SOU's Rebecca Lupescu was 65th (22:26.1), Kayle Blackmore was 130th (23:20.7) and Aspen Abbott was 170th (23:55.9).
The Raiders were 18th of 30 in the team standings.
SOU 3, WALLA WALLA 0: At College Place, Wash., Southern Oregon was challenged in the first set but breezed to its 15th consecutive win in its first-ever meeting with Walla Walla, 25-19, 25-10, 25-12 in Cascade Conference action.
Tyana Andrews had 11 kills on 22 attacks, four digs and four blocks for the eighth-ranked Raiders (15-0 overall, 8-0 CCC).
Emma Gasman added nine kills on 15 attacks and assisted on five of SOU's season-high 14 blocks. Gasman has recorded at least eight kills in five of SOU's last six matches and attacked at an average of .400 or better in four of them.
Corynn Kopra added six kills and eight digs, Laura Morse had five kills and three blocks, Lauren McGowne distributed 28 assists with eight digs, and Ashlyn Flynn racked up a match-high 14 digs.
SOU 1, NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 0: At Eugene, Presley Lambert gathered Makena Totushek's through ball and drove it into the back of the net from 10 yards out with less than three minutes to play in regulation, giving Southern Oregon the win.
It was Lambert's second game-winning goal in as many days.
The Raiders, who stumbled into the weekend with five straight losses (all on the road), are now 3-6-2 overall and, more importantly, 2-2 in the Cascade Conference.
Lambert's goal was her third of the season and 10th of her career. Totushek has a team-high three assists.
The Raiders are on their first win streak since taking three straight in the middle of the 2013 season. NCU went to 0-8-1 and 0-4.
The shutout again went to Raider keeper Kylie Moltzen, who made five saves. The last time SOU registered back-to-back shutouts was also in 2013.
SOU 2, NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 0: At Eugene, Southern Oregon scored twice in the second half of the Cascade Conference match.
Brendan Allen's 30-yard dart over Beacons keeper Levi Davidson was the go-ahead score in the 61st minute. Paul Matyas tacked one on in the 70th with a 5-yard shot set up by Clayton Nadon's cross.
The Raiders upped their record to 8-3 overall and 3-3 in the CCC.
The Beacons (1-7-1) remained winless in four conference games and became SOU's fourth shutout victim of the season. They manufactured one shot against the Raider defense, and Tyler Luebbert saved it in the second half.
After putting just one shot on goal in the first half, the Raiders had five in the second. Allen's goal was his team-leading seventh.