SOU men log fourth straight shutout
PORTLAND — Three hundred sixty-four game minutes have passed since the Southern Oregon men's soccer team last allowed a goal, a streak that was extended in Saturday's 3-0 win over Multnomah in a Cascade Conference match at Delta Park.
The Raiders (4-1, 2-0 CCC) made the Lions (2-5, 0-2) their fourth straight victim by scoring three times in the second half within 15-minute segment. Sean McManamon assisted Mitchell Pinney in the 51st, Ahmon Afenegus hooked up Dakota Scott in the 54th, and Travis Hopkins tallied unassisted in the 65th.
Jonathan Morales was the keeper of decision with five saves in 90 minutes at the post.
After their perfect CCC-opening weekend on the road, the Raiders will be home next Friday and Saturday afternoons to take on 21st-ranked Corban and Northwest Christian.
They were in control throughout Saturday's contest, sustaining advantages of 20-6 in shots and 7-0 in corners, and finally got on the board when Daniel Zamores initiated a play that resulted in McManamon's one-touch pass over the back line to Pinney, who finished on Multnomah keeper Manny Guillermo with his right foot.
Three minutes later, Afenegus went one-on-one near the sideline and cut toward the middle with a cross to Scott, who finished with a header for his team-leading fifth goal of the season. Afenegus started similar action for SOU's next goal, crossing to Carlos Magana, whose header was saved but then bobbled, allowing Hopkins to come in and clean up the mess with a header of his own.
Pinney is up to three goals while Hopkins recorded his first as a Raider. The assists were the fourth for McManamon and second for Afenegus of the season.
During its four-game win streak, SOU has outscored its opponents 17-0.
CONCORDIA 3, SOUTHERN OREGON 1: At Portland, Southern Oregon finished its nonleague schedule at Tuominen Yard.
The Raiders (3-3-1) were outshot 17-6 by the Cavaliers (6-0), who were their four straight NCAA Division II opponent.
Gabrielle Ewing scored the game's first goal in the 19th minute after recovering her own shot on goal that hit the crossbar. The Cavaliers tacked on when Kyra Radcliffe scored in the 54th minute and Kayla Braunthal in the 59th.
Lisa Elledge tallied SOU's lone goal via Maddy Spangler's long pass with a 12-yard shot in the 78th minute.
The Raiders, who have dropped 21 straight against the Cavaliers, a former Cascade Conference rival, will play five of their next seven games at home. They open their CCC schedule next Friday and Saturday at Raider Stadium against Corban (5-4) and Northwest Christian (4-5).
SUNDODGER INVITE: At Seattle, the Southern Oregon cross country teams were served an authentic local experience by University of Washington's rain-soaked Sundodger Invitational, where the third-ranked Raider men were fifth of 28 in the team standings and the 15th-ranked women were 10th of 29.
In the 8,000-meter, 291-person men's field, SOU's top-seven finishers all placed in the top 56 against mostly NCAA competition. Dylan Alexander led the way with a 13th-place showing, completing the course in 24 minutes 49 seconds, and the Raiders' next three finishers — No. 21 Ray Schireman (24:58.5), No. 25 Caleb Diaz (25:10.7) and No. 28 Connor Cushman (25:16.9) — all came in within the next 28 seconds.
Jessa Perkinson starred again for SOU's women in 11th place of 284 total entries, running 6K in 21:22.0, a full 81 seconds ahead of the next Raider finisher.
The other scorers for the Raider men also had solid days in their first 8K of the season: Noah Oberriter was 46th (25:37.9), Kevin Poteracke was 50th (25:42.1) and Matthew Williams was 56th (25:45.0).
The Raider women had three more top-100 showings: Natalie Berania was 51st (22:43.0), Kayle Blackmore 66th (23:02.1) and Aspen Abbott 97th (23:39.6). The last three to contribute to their team total were freshmen Ariana Toland (116th, 23:56.6) and Jassmine Reill (118th, 23:59.8) and senior Marisa D'Orfani (127th, 24:07.4).
SOU is off until Oct. 15, when it travels to Portland's McIver Parker for the Lewis & Clark Invitational.
SOUTHERN OREGON 3, WARNER PACIFIC 2: At Portland, for the second night in a row, Southern Oregon staged a comeback in the fourth and fifth sets and earned a pivotal Cascade Conference road victory at Warner Pacific in a 25-16, 23-25, 21-25, 25-17, 21-19 decision at Valentine Court.
In the fifth set alone, The Raiders (7-6, 4-2 CCC) and Knights (5-3, 4-2) were tied 11 times, including every point from 10 to 19. At 19-all, WPC's Janessa White served over the back line. And on SOU's fifth match-point of the frame, Knights setter Kealia Rosa was called for a bad set to give SOU the weekend sweep.
A night after punching in a career-high 23 kills, Emma Gasman had another match-high with 21 on 48 attempts — including five in the fourth set and four in the abbreviated tiebreaker — in leading the Raiders to a .211 team attacking average. Ariana Sattler stepped up big with 17 kills, as many as she'd totaled in SOU's last four matches combined, and did so on just 33 swings.
Lauren McGowne went for 49 assists, four digs and four blocks. Courtney Macklin added 10 kills and four blocks, and freshman Gretchen Litzsinger came through with seven kills and 16 digs in the absence of Nila Luken's, SOU's usual starting outside hitter.
WPC had been working on a four-match win streak, and had won its last three in sweeps.