McArthur's late score sends SOU into semifinals
SPRINGFIELD — A day after she was named the Cascade Conference's women's soccer offensive player of the year, senior forward Megan McArthur showed why again Friday afternoon while lifting Southern Oregon to a 1-0 win over Northwest Christian in the quarterfinal round of the CCC tournament.
In the 82nd minute of a scoreless game, reserve forward Facienne Graham attempted a shot that was saved by Beacons keeper Mackenzie Galick but ricocheted out to McArthur, who connected from 5 yards out for her 10th goal of the season. Graham was credited with her fourth assist.
The second-seeded Raiders (13-5-1 overall) got out of the first round for the fourth time and the third time in four years. They'll play an opponent yet to be determined — the highest remaining seed will be matched with the lowest remaining seed — at 5 p.m. today in Springfield, attempting to reach the final for the first time in team history.
Seventh-seeded NCU, which also dropped a 2-0 decision to SOU in the regular season, was making its first postseason appearance and finished with a record of 7-11-1.
SOU keeper Kylie Moltzen made four saves, including two after the goal was scored, to secure SOU's 13th shutout of the season.
The Raiders only put four shots on goal, too, but had advantages of 12-6 in shots and 9-2 in corner kicks with eight in the second half.
CARROLL 1, SOU 0, (PKs): At Springfield, Southern Oregon was eliminated in the Cascade Conference quarterfinals when, in eight rounds of penalty kicks, Carroll made six kicks to the Raiders' five.
Following 110 minutes of scoreless action and five rounds of PKs that left the teams tied, 4-4, Carroll's James Lamont hit the crossbar, giving SOU a chance to win it. Carroll keeper Bernhardt Di Cino guessed correctly, though, when he dived to his left to get a hand on Ahmon Afenegus' ensuing shot.
Carroll's Braden Wall and SOU's Takoda Daubel then exchanged makes. Carroll's Dylan Allen started the eighth round with a conversion, and Di Cino guessed right again when he lunged to the same spot to stop Roberto Lupera's attempt and trigger the celebration.
The Raiders (11-3-3) were the No. 4 seed.
The fifth-seeded Saints (10-8-1) will play second-seeded Corban today.
The shutout was the Raiders' ninth of the season. It was also the first time they failed to score all year.
SOU 87, SIMPSON 76: At Redding, Calif., Ben DeSaulnier became the 17th player in Southern Oregon history to hit the 1,000-point mark for his career, and the Raiders hung on after most of a 20-point lead disappeared.
DeSaulnier, a junior guard who entered the night with 981 points, scored 21 on 8-of-14 shooting to lead five Raiders in double figures. Tristen Holmes went 5-for-7 from the field and 10-for-12 at the line to score 20 points, Kenny Meyer recorded 15 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals, and freshman posts Hunter Bradford and Jordan Hunt added 10 points apiece.
The Raiders improved to 2-0 — they also defeated Simpson (1-3) last week in Ashland, 91-64 — going into Sunday’s 2 p.m. game in Ashland against perennial Cal Pac Conference powerhouse California Maritime.
SOU shot 53 percent from the field (29 of 55) but committed 20 turnovers and allowed the Redhawks to shoot 52 percent. Leading 55-35 after a pair of Holmes free throws to start the second half, Simpson went on a 10-0 run, and the lead was 62-59 after Josh Brakkee hit a jumper with 10:42 left to play.
Up 74-69 with 2:29 left, Bradford extended the Raider lead with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. After Brakkee responded with a jumper, Meyer iced the win with another 3-pointer in the corner.
NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 3, SOU 2: At Ashland, Northwest Christian stormed back from a 2-0 sets deficit and stunned Southern Oregon with an 18-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-12 Cascade Conference victory.
The Beacons (11-14 overall, 9-10 CCC), totaled 15 blocks, including a match-high seven from Cassidy Winter and six from Macy DuCoeur, and held the Raiders (14-12, 11-8) to attacking averages of .132, .000 and .161 over the final three frames.
Taylor Burnett registered 20 kills on 60 attacks and 17 digs, and Maci Beihrle had 43 assists and 18 digs.