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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Touey stays hot in SOU win

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ASHLAND — Southern Oregon freshman Baylee Touey wasted little time making herself at home at Raider Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Touey, the North Valley High product, scored her fifth goal and was credited with an assist of another by Misty Martinez as the 23rd-ranked Raiders made an early statement with a 2-0 defeat of Carroll (Mont.), the 2018 Cascade Conference co-champion.

SOU (4-2-1 overall, 1-0-1 CCC) was at home for the first time this season and ran its unbeaten streak in Ashland to 12 games dating back to 2017. Carroll dropped to 4-3-1 and 1-2 in conference play.

The shutout was the Raiders’ fourth in their past five games. Senior keeper Kailey Lemon only needed one save to secure it, though defender Jazmin Shaffer used her head to deny an on-target shot after a scramble in the second half.

In the 11th minute, Mia Volpatti lofted a pass out of a crowd from midfield that went down the right sideline and hit Touey in stride. The speedy forward dribbled into the box and skipped a shot past keeper Sydney Green after drawing her away from her post.

Four minutes before halftime, the Raiders made it 2-0 after freshman Phoebe Bunn sent another long pass from midfield to Touey, who beat her defender to fire off another quality look. Green stopped it, but Martinez was there for her first goal of the season and the ninth of her career.

Volpatti’s assist was her second of 2018 and 12th in four years. Touey’s assist was her first, but she’s now the fourth-leading goal scorer among all CCC players.

The Raiders had a 9-8 edge in shots. They stayed aggressive in their attack throughout the afternoon, as indicated by their six offsides calls.

Green recorded three saves for the Saints.

Men’s Soccer

SOUTHERN OREGON 2, CARROLL 0: At Ashland, the Southern Oregon men’s soccer team made sure it couldn’t be stung by another late goal on Friday, netting two goals first-half goals and dominating the majority of a win at Raider Stadium.

Sophomore Zak Woolley was in on both as he logged the second one-goal, one-assist outing of his Raider career. It made the Raiders 3-4 overall and 1-1 in Cascade Conference play, and left the Saints (3-3-1, 2-1) with their first circuit loss.

In the 40th minute, Woolley sent a long pass from midfield to Adrian Villegas, who got into the box from the left side and dotted the inside of the right post after keeper Kaden Connor scrambled out.

Just four minutes later, Kelly Gieber left a few Saints defenders behind while he split the center of the field off the dribble, then passed to his left to set up Woolley’s finish for a 2-0 lead.

The Saints got their goal in the 74th minute on a Nick Lowrimore penalty kick. Otherwise, they were outshot 18-6 and only put one other on goal against SOU keeper Wyatt Zabinski in his return to the lineup.

Villegas, a freshman Hood River, lifted his team-leading goal total to five. Woolley’s goal was his second, and the assist was his first.

Gieber, a senior defender/midfielder, is now tied for the team lead with three assists. In four seasons, he’s accumulated 16.

The win gave the Raiders a rebound after they lost in the 109th minute in their CCC opener last Saturday at Oregon Tech. Of their four losses, they’d given up the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute or later in three of them.

In 14 conference home games since the start of the 2017 season, SOU is 13-0-1.

College Volleyball

SOUTHERN OREGON 3, COLLEGE OF IDAHO 2: At Ashland, Taylor Ristvedt and Maddie Pernich provided the boost fifth-ranked Southern Oregon needed to survive No. 20 College of Idaho’s upset bid at Lithia Motors Pavilion, lifting the Raiders to fourth- and fifth-set wins in a Cascade Conference battle.

Ristvedt poured in 20 more kills and Pernich recorded eight of her 13 in the last two sets of the 26-24, 20-25, 18-25, 25-18, 15-9 defeat of the Yotes (9-4 overall, 4-3 CCC), which made the Raiders 15-2 overall and 6-1 in CCC play. Both had four kills in the tiebreaker, when they turned around a 7-6 deficit by taking six consecutive points.

The win kept SOU one game back of first-place Corban and tied with No. 8 Eastern Oregon, which will be in Ashland today for a 7 p.m. matchup.

While Ristvedt and Pernich provided the offense, Elliott Cook and Makayla Hoyt controlled the middle defensively with eight blocks apiece, and the Raiders totaled a season-high 16 collectively. Nila Lukens was in on five of them.

Emma Ryan (20 digs) and Sara Fanger (13 digs) held down the back row, and helped hold the Yotes to 19 kills with 15 errors in the final two sets.

“To play as poorly as we did in the first two and a half sets and come out with a victory against a good C of I team says a lot about our fortitude,” SOU coach Josh Rohlfing said. “We plugged away and continued to improve throughout the night, and the energy our crowd gave us was imperative.”

Ashley Pagan and Jordyn Boswell led the Yotes with 14 kills apiece, but they also combined for 20 errors.

The Raiders had to labor to steal the first set after C of I scored eight straight for a 23-19 lead. Ristvedt put them on her back with three kills and a block during the comeback.

Pagan tallied nine of her kills while the Yotes won the second and third convincingly. Middle Kaydre Thompson gave them another spark, finishing with 11 kills and nine assisted blocks.

SOU took over the fourth set with a 9-1 run to go up 18-8 while Pernich heated up. After putting down just one kill on 10 swings in the second and third combined, she had eight on 13 without an error in the fourth and fifth.

Trailing 7-6 in the fifth, a pair of Pernich kills and a Fanger ace keyed the spurt that swung the match.

Hannah Bogatin had 29 assists and Tehani Faitau had 23 for the Raiders, who attacked .160. Cook added eight kills and Hoyt had six.

Freshman setter Abby Guin had 50 assists for the Yotes, directing them to a .128 attack.

ROGUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 3, CLACKAMAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 1: At Oregon City, Noelani Beard had nine kills and Violett Togagae eight as the Ospreys won 25-19, 10-25, 25-18, 25-15.

Addy Lowder added seven kills for RCC, which improved to 15-1, 4-0 in the Northwest Athletic Conference. Clackamas fell to 9-15 and 1-3.

Andy Atkinson / Ashland TidingsSOU’s Mia Volpatti attacks the ball trying to get around Carroll’s HanSena DiNoia during the 1st half.
Andy Atkinson / Ashland TidingsSOU’s Misty Martinez gets the ball in a crowd and shoots for the 2nd goal of the game during the 1st half.