No. 11 Corban edges SOU men in OT
ASHLAND — Corban forward Timur Zhividze ended a heated battle with Southern Oregon by lining a free kick into the back of the net for the golden goal in the 107th minute Friday afternoon, securing the 11th-ranked Warriors a 2-1 men's soccer victory at Raider Stadium.
The Warriors (8-0 overall, 3-0 Cascade Conference) were awarded the free kick just a few yards on top of the box when the Raiders (4-2, 2-1) were called for a hand ball.
That was just the last firework in a series of them during the overtime period. When the first 10-minute buzzer sounded, the benches spilled and Corban's Quamie Dinnall was ejected with his second yellow card while Raider keeper Jonathan Morales was issued a red after an argument that stemmed from their collision minutes earlier.
And just two minutes before the golden goal, SOU's Paul Matyas nearly ended the game with a centered shot that was rejected by the crossbar.
The Warriors — who have never been ranked higher in the national poll and are coming off an appearance in the 2015 NAIA tournament — scored first in the 33rd minute when Zhivideze made a pretty lead pass on a counter to Rolando Velazquez, who shot from left to right past the keeper.
But SOU caught Corban sleeping in the aftermath: Just 21 seconds after the Warriors took the lead, Mitchell Pinney dribbled through their defense, down the middle of the field, and skipped a 17-yard shot past keeper Jordan Farr, who tipped the ball but not enough to keep it from sneaking into the lower left corner of the goal.
SOU 5, CORBAN 0: At Ashland, Southern Oregon's Kelsey Randall and Megan McArthur scored two goals apiece.
Randall scored the Raiders' lone goal in the first half, picking up a loose ball and shooting into an empty net in the 20th minute. McArthur struck in the 49th and 53rd minutes (the first assisted by Lisa Elledge), and Randall split two defenders and drove home a 16-yard shot in the 56th.
The Raiders (4-3-1 overall, 1-0 CCC) have allowed one goal in four games against NAIA competition this season. They've now defeated the Warriors (5-5, 1-2) in consecutive matchups for the first time in series history.