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COLLEGE SOCCER: RMC men score late, sink SOU

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Southern Oregon men’s soccer team had gone 24 straight Cascade Conference games without giving up multiple goals before Sunday. Then, Rocky Mountain’s Sky Swenson did it himself.

In the 87th minute, Swenson took a ball off a Raider defender and went in to score his second of the day to give the Bears a 2-1 Cascade Conference win at Wendy’s Field. It kept the Bears (6-3 overall, 5-1 CCC) in second place in the standings and ended a three-game winning streak for the Raiders (5-5, 3-2).

SOU is one of four teams with two CCC losses behind Corban (6-0) and RMC going into home games Friday against College of Idaho and Saturday against Eastern Oregon. Both will start at 11 a.m.

The Raiders got an equalizer out of Alan Gaytan in the 74th minute, marking the freshman’s fourth goal of the season - all registered in the last three games.

Swenson, a junior from Germany, initially put RMC up in the 25th minute. Both of his goals were unassisted, and his season total ballooned to six.

Both teams were limited in their attacks, with the Bears logging 10 shots to SOU’s seven. Raider keeper Wyatt Zabinski collected three saves and RMC’s Kristofer Wennin needed just two.

In their five losses, the Raiders have allowed four game-winning goals in the 70th minute or later.

They’d been unbeaten against the Bears in the teams’ previous three meetings.

Women’s Soccer

ROCKY MOUNTAIN 1, SOUTHERN OREGON 0: At Billings, Montana, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) senior forward Lauryn Gamache broke Southern Oregon’s hearts again, putting a bow on top of an electrifying career against the Raiders for a Bears win at Wendy’s Field.

With time winding down in a scoreless game, RMC’s Hannah Borgel snuck a pass through to Gamache, who got by a Raider defender and into space. The longtime Raider nemesis then drove a strike into the top of the net with 52 seconds showing on the clock.

The result put 23rd-ranked SOU at 5-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the Cascade Conference. The Bears went to 7-2-1 and 4-1-1.

In four career games against the Raiders, Gamache has deposited five goals with three game-winners. As a freshman in 2016, she had the lone score in the 60th minute at Raider Stadium. A year later, she carried RMC back from a 3-1 deficit with three unanswered, including the golden goal in the 106th minute.

The latest was her seventh of the season.

SOU keeper Kailey Lemon made a career-high 12 saves before it got through. Maia Wetzel collected six to secure the shutout for RMC, stopping three shots on goal by Misty Martinez and two by Ruth Hegstad.

The Bears also had advantages of 8-1 in corner kicks and 21-10 in total shots.

SOU will return home for its next two matchups, at 1:30 p.m. Friday against College of Idaho and 1:30 p.m. Saturday against sixth-ranked Eastern Oregon.

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