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Touey sparks SOU women's soccer win

COSTA MESA, Calif. — For the Southern Oregon women’s soccer team, freshman Baylee Touey’s breakout game coinciding with a win of unprecedented stature was no coincidence on Monday morning.

Touey, the former North Valley High star who was a three-time Oregon Sports Awards female prep athlete of the year, scored twice in the first 27 minutes of SOU’s 3-0 win at No. 11 Vanguard (Calif.), the highest-ranked team the Raiders have ever defeated.

Their eye-opening road trip started last Thursday with a 2-1 triumph at No. 25 Westmont (Calif.) — the first ranked opponent SOU had topped in nine years — and continued with Saturday’s down-to-the-wire, 2-1 loss at The Master’s (Calif.).

Touey, a forward who tallied 115 career goals and collected 11 individual state track titles as a prep, was quiet in both games. But she wasted no time against the Lions, who were playing their opener after last year winning a third consecutive Golden State Athletic Conference championship and appearing in a seventh straight national tournament.

In the fifth minute, she took an assist from Aislinn Waite, beat everyone down the field and baited Vanguard keeper Haley Magana before firing from left to inside the right post.

She struck again in the 27th minute. And in the 31st, sophomore Kiani Pandoliano took a loose ball atop the box and placed it just under the crossbar, leaving the shell-shocked Lions down three goals.

Raider keeper Jessie Selby faced 20 shots — the Lions had an 11-5 advantage in the second half — but preserved SOU’s first shutout with seven saves. Vanguard hadn’t been blanked during regular-season play in almost two years.

Waite’s assist was her second in as many games. She scored in all three outings during the road trip, tallying the game-winner at Westmont.

Before opening Cascade Conference play, the Raiders (2-1) will play their next two counters against NCAA Division II teams — Sonoma State (Calif.) on Sept. 5, and Stanislaus State (Calif.) on Sept. 7.

Cross country

MEN, WOMEN TOP POLLS: Southern Oregon held the top spot in both the men’s and women’s Cascade Conference cross country preseason polls, which were released Monday by the CCC office.

Last year, the Raider squads won the combined NAIA title for the second time in program history, but both were second place at the CCC Championships.

College of Idaho ended SOU’s streak of consecutive CCC men’s championships at 10 at the conference meet. The Yotes received twice as many first-place votes as the Raiders in the preseason poll — six to three — but are No. 2 in overall points.

SOU returns five of its top six finishers, including four of the top 74 overall, from last year’s national meet: Brandon Kelsey (24th), Kevin VanDyke (49th), Gabe Loader (60th), Kalen Yeager (74th) and Ben Harter (94th). That team was fourth in the men’s NAIA standings, lead all conference schools.

On the women’s side, the Raiders are favored just ahead of defending national champion Oregon Tech with four first-place votes. OIT and College of Idaho received three apiece.

Among SOU’s returning runners are four of its seven runners from the national meet: 36th-place Ariana Toland, 82nd-place Lauren Fillipow, 140th-place Sydnee Kizziar and 154th-place Shayla Potratz.

SOU’s first scheduled meet of the season is the Cascade Conference Preview Meet on Sept. 20 in Cottage Grove.

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