Raiders, No. 18 Corban battle to 0-0 draw
ASHLAND — Southern Oregon couldn’t break a first-place tie with Corban but settled for the next-best thing Sunday: a single point and a convincing stat line against the No. 18-ranked team in the NAIA.
The Raiders (8-2-1 overall) and Warriors (8-1-1) held their ground at the top of the Cascade Conference standings after two extra periods failed to break a 0-0 tie at Raider Stadium. SOU’s eight-game winning streak turned into a nine-game unbeaten streak, and Corban protected a loss column that to this point has been touched by No. 17 Westmont (Calif.).
The Raiders had the upper hand in a 26-12 disparity in shots — the most they’ve accumulated without a goal to show for it in team history.
The advantage didn’t swing Corban’s way even as SOU played a man down in overtime. Before the teams headed to their respective benches at the end of regulation, an altercation resulted in Raider forward Brendan Allen being sent off with a controversial red card.
Tension had been building as the game wore on. After halftime, 21 fouls were called and five yellow cards were issued.
Even with just 10 players on the field, SOU accounted for 10 of the 12 shots taken during overtime.
SOU keeper Wyatt Zabinski made three saves for his shutout, and Corban’s Jordan Salim collected five for his.
The Raiders have blanked seven of their last eight opponents and the Warriors haven’t allowed a goal over their last four games.
The teams are four points ahead of third-place and No. 12-ranked Rocky Mountain (4-1 CCC) in the standings. The Bears took their only loss at SOU and will host Corban on Oct. 12.
Next Friday and Saturday, SOU will be on the road at Multnomah and Warner Pacific.
SOUTHERN OREGON 1, CORBAN 0: At Ashland, forward Misty Martinez, a sophomore reserve, popped in at the right time yet again for Southern Oregon in a key victory over Corban at Raider Stadium.
In the 80th minute, Martinez sparked a celebration on an otherwise quiet day with the game-winner and her second goal of the weekend. The Raiders (5-2-2 overall, 3-1-1 Cascade Conference) had only mustered one shot in the half before Cassandra Kohler found Simone Schroder, who from 17 yards out split two defenders by tapping a pass forward and sending Martinez streaking toward the goal.
Martinez beat Corban keeper Elizabeth Brock to the ball and skipped a short shot past her left hand and inside the right post.
The win allowed the Raiders to jump Corban (6-5, 3-3) in the standings, moving them into a tie for fifth place and just three points out of first.
It was the third CCC game in which Martinez has accounted for SOU’s lone goal, resulting in two wins and a tie.
Schroder’s assist was her first of the season.
SOU’s defense took care of the rest as Kaya Baird, Trinity Rhoades, Jazmin Shaffer, Maddy Spangler and Brionna Wood formed a sturdy back line. They allowed the Warriors to get off eight shots, though Kailey Lemon only needed to make two saves for the team’s third shutout of the season.
The Raiders are 4-0-1 at home and, dating back to last year, are unbeaten in their last eight games in Ashland. They’ve also won four straight regular-season games against Corban.
They’ll travel to Portland to face Multnomah and Warner Pacific next Friday and Saturday.