COLLEGE ROUNDUP: SOU rolls on with rout of Multnomah
ASHLAND — The highest shot total Southern Oregon has ever recorded in a Cascade Conference game finally paid dividends in the second half against Multnomah, when the Raiders scored five times for a 6-0 victory in their home finale on Sunday at Raider Stadium.
Freshman Adrian Villegas assisted three of the second-half goals and sophomore Noah Addie finished two of them as SOU (10-5-1 overall, 8-2-1 Cascade Conference) made its berth in the eight-team CCC Tournament official with a week to spare. The Raiders are unbeaten in six straight and would be guaranteed no worse than the conference’s No. 3 seed with one point in their final regular-season road trip to Evergreen (Wash.) and Northwest (Wash.).
They peppered the Lions (0-16, 0-11) with 50 shots – 23 of which went on goal – but all they had to show for 24 in the first half was senior Brendan Allen’s 16th career goal after Jared Delaney took a ball off of a defender and set him up in the 12 minute.
The floodgates began to open in the 51st, when Yan Pessoa de Oliveira headed in a Villegas corner. Villegas went through a pair of defenders to set up Addie’s first goal in the 70th, and four minutes later he picked off a Lion pass and hit Addie for a 15-yard shot.
Senior defender Michael Miller got into the act in the 85th with his first goal of the season. The reigning CCC Defensive Player of the Year had only one previous career goal, on a penalty kick.
Delaney, another senior, tacked on in the 89th with his third of the season, heading in a Luis Aguilar corner.
With his second three-assist outing, Villegas became the first Raider to ever reach 10 in a season and the first CCC player since 2017 to hit double figures in both goals (10) and assists. He’s recorded points in six consecutive games.
Wyatt Zabinski was credited with his 28th career shutout, securing one save.
The Raiders’ CCC home unbeaten streak went to 19 games. Sixteen of those have been shutouts.
ROGUE CC 1, PORTLAND 0: Jorge Tarango scored the game’s only goal in the 88th minute off an assist by Raul Reyes as the Ospreys finished their season on a high note Saturday.
Rogue Community College (5-6-4, 3-5-2 Northwest Athletic Conference) finished in a tie for fourth in the NWAC South region.
SOUTHERN OREGON 7, MULTNOMAH 0: At Ashland, Southern Oregon celebrated its senior day in style with a lopsided win, getting highlights from a handful of individuals appearing at Raider Stadium for the last time and clinching a spot in the Cascade Conference Tournament for the 10th consecutive season.
Among the seniors in action, Kailey Lemon logged her seventh career shutout, Misty Martinez dropped in two goals, Mia Volpatti had a goal and an assist, and Maddie Casey distributed two assists to give SOU its highest-scoring output of the season.
The Raiders (8-5-2 overall, 5-3-2 CCC) secured their spot in the eight-team CCC Championships presented by U.S. Bank – which will be held Nov. 12-15 in Springfield – while moving up to sixth in the points standings with two games left to play.
They totaled 43 shots and finally got on the board when Casey passed to Martinez from the left corner for a five-yard strike in the 26th minute. Martinez struck again to give the Raiders a 4-0 lead in the 58th – marking her third goal of the season and the 11th of her career, and putting her among SOU’s top-15 all-time goal scorers.
Volpatti’s goal, a backwards tap from up close that was also set up by Casey, came in the 89th minute and put her at No. 11 on the Raiders’ career goals list with 12 total.
SOU’s freshmen accounted for the rest of the scoring. Michala Denn assisted Madison Childers’ fourth of the season in the 41st, Sarah Mauk converted a penalty kick a minute before halftime and struck again unassisted for her fourth goal in the 81st, and Mauk hooked up Baylee Touey’s team-leading eighth goal in the 76th.
PORTLAND CC 1, ROGUE CC 0: Rogue Community College was eliminated from playoff contention with the NWAC setback Saturday. The Ospreys (5-7-5, 5-3-4 NWAC) finished fourth in the NWAC South standings. Portland improved to 10-5-3, 7-2-3 in league play.
ROGUE CC 3, CHEMEKETA CC 0: Rogue Community College clinched a playoff berth with four matches to play, defeating Chemeketa 25-14, 25-12, 27-25 on Saturday.
The win improved the Ospreys to 23-2 overall, 11-1 in NWAC play.