College Soccer: No. 13 SOU falls at home
ASHLAND — The UC Merced men’s soccer team pulled off a rare feat with its 2-1 upset of 13th-ranked Southern Oregon on Sunday afternoon at Raider Stadium.
Thanks to Bryan Henriquez Rivera’s second goal, a free kick in the 70th minute, the Bobcats became the first team since 2016 to knock off the Raiders on their home field.
SOU hadn’t played in Ashland since a 1-0 overtime victory over Merced in the NAIA Opening Round last November. In 15 games at Raider Stadium over the previous two seasons, SOU had gone 14-0-1.
The Raiders (1-2-0) hadn’t even trailed at home since 2016 until Henriquez Rivera put them behind in the 20th minute with a header that was set up by Miguel Coronado’s assist served up about 30 yards away from the
Three minutes before halftime, Raider defender Michael Miller used a free kick to find Zak Woolley streaking across the box, and Woolley took Miller’s pass on the fly to line home the equalizer.
The action went back on forth, though SOU outshot the Bobcats 17-10, until Henriquez Rivera got loose midway through the second half and was tripped up on a breakaway. His ensuing free kick, from 20 yards out and straight on, was placed just underneath the crossbar out of Raider keeper Wyatt Zabinski’s reach.
Merced improved to 1-1-2.
Chippiness between the teams was evident early and didn’t relent. They combined for 34 fouls and seven yellow cards.
Losers of two of their first three games, the Raiders find themselves in familiar position. Despite back-to-back Cascade Conference championship runs, they’ve gone 4-9 in non-conference regular season play over the last two years.
They’ll travel next week to Prescott, Ariz., playing Benedictine (Ariz.) on Friday and Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) on Saturday.
ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 1, WALLA WALLA 1: At Walla Walla, Wash., Rogue Community College’s Jhoel Sarraude scored in the 84th minute to tie the nonleague match as the Ospreys overcome a 39th-minute penalty kick that resulted in a 1-0 Walla Walla lead.
With the tie, the Ospreys moved to 1-1-2 overall. Walla Walla is 2-1-1.
WALLA WALLA 4, ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 0: At Walla Walla, Walla Walla scored three goals in the second half to pull away from RCC, which fell to 0-4 overall after the nonleague loss.
Ospreys goalie Lauren Elmore had 13 saves.