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Carroll's free kicks doom SOU, 2-0

SPRINGFIELD — Southern Oregon spent much of the second half of the season proving it belonged among the top teams in the Cascade Conference, but tackling league champion Carroll College proved too daunting a task on Thursday night in the CCC semifinals.

The Raiders put the pressure on, but the Saints cashed in on their only two shots on goal — both via 25-yard free kicks — to win 2-0 at Willamalane Park and advance to Saturday's championship game against third-seeded Eastern Oregon. EOU moved on with a 4-0 defeat of No. 2 seed College of Idaho.

SOU finished 8-9-1, going 7-3-1 in its last 11 games.

The shutout was Carroll's 11th of the season. The Saints (14-5-1) also got the Raiders 3-0 on Oct. 23 during a stretch in which they allowed one goal in their last five conference games.

Just as they did in the first meeting, the Raiders had the advantage in shots (10-5) and put five on goal to Carroll's two.

Cassidy Hammons converted the first free kick just under the crossbar in the ninth minute, and Brittany Giroloami did the same in the 83rd minute.

Carroll's Jamie Carter made four saves to earn the individual shutout. Makena Totushek put four shots on goal for the Raiders.