COLLEGE ROUNDUP: No. 1 William Carey eliminates SOU from soccer playoffs
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern Oregon’s defense finally cracked on Saturday, though it took the No. 1 team in the NAIA to do it.
Defending national champion William Carey (Miss.) reserved its spot in the NAIA Championships Round of 16 with a 4-1 Opening Round win over the Raiders at Crusader Field, breaking the game open with three second-half goals.
A day after earning their first national playoff win against Campbellsville (Ky.) and setting a team record with their eighth consecutive shutout, Maddie Casey had the Raiders thinking upset by placing her free kick under the crossbar for a goal just 73 seconds into the matchup.
It wasn’t until the 41st minute that the Crusaders broke through with the first goal for a Raider opponent in 818 minutes. Ana Paula Santos, the reigning NAIA Tournament MVP, struck it through from straight on thanks to Camila Prescatore’s assist.
Rebecca Delgado put the Crusaders in front five minutes into the second half by following Santos’ shot off a corner kick. They struck twice more in the next 16 minutes, getting goals from Valeria Miranda and Delgado. Silvia Leonessi and Veronica Herrera were credited with assists.
The top seed hasn’t been eliminated in the Opening Round since the format was adopted in 2008.
WCU was convincing, compiling 23 shots to SOU’s three and putting 16 on goal.
SOU’s Jessie Selby made four saves.
After Casey’s goal — her second of the season — the Raiders didn’t put another shot on target.
The Raiders had outscored their previous eight opponents a combined 23-0. Their final win total matched the second-highest in team history, falling short only of SOU’s 2016 Cascade Conference championship team that was denied an at-large bid to the national tournament.
The game was the last for six history-making seniors: Casey, Kailey Lemon, Misty Martinez, Jazmin Shaffer and Aislinn Waite.
William Carey advanced to play No. 16 Mobile (Ala.) on Dec. 2 in Orange City, Alabama.
SOUTHERN OREGON 75, NO. 15 VANGUARD 71: At Fullerton, Calif., Southern Oregon gifted coach Brian McDermott his 500th career victory with an upset on Saturday, defeating 15th-ranked Vanguard (Calif.) at the Hope International Classic inside Darling Pavilion.
Tate Hoffman scored 20 points and Aaron Borich recorded 13 points, six rebounds and four assists as the catalysts of the milestone win, which boosted the 18th-ranked Raiders to 4-2.
McDermott became the fifth active coach at the NAIA Division II level to hit 500. He collected the first 117 of his career at Dakota State (S.D.) and has gone 383-343 since taking over at SOU in 1996, including a mark of 160-74 over the last eight seasons.
McDermott, the longest-tenured coach in the Cascade Conference, is the first coach in Raider history with 500 cumulative wins. He broke the coaching record for wins at SOU, previously held by Ted Schopf (241-227), during the 2012-13 season.
After falling in overtime against unbeaten Hope International on Friday, the Raiders fell behind 12-4 against the Lions but quickly reversed course with 21-2 run and went into halftime up 10.
Vanguard chipped away to pull even with the Raiders, 54-54, with nine minutes to play before a Borich 3-pointer put the Raiders in front for good.
Leading 62-61, Tez Allen found Hoffman for a layup on a baseline out-of-bounds play to start a 7-0 spurt, completed by another Hoffman bucket with 3:20 left. Conor Carroll’s perfect trip to the free-throw line with eight seconds remaining put the game away.
Allen went for 10 points, five assists and four steals for the Raiders, who shot 46 percent overall (28-of-61) to overcome a 5-of-25 outing from 3-point range.
Hoffman went 8-of-18, Borich hit 3-of-7 from downtown and Carroll totaled nine points. Hunter Bradford, Jayson McMillan and Josh Washington all scored six with three buckets apiece off the bench, combining to shoot 9-of-13.
Aziz Seck led four Lions in double figures with 14 points.
McDermott also earned his 400th win in upset fashion with a 77-74 defeat of second-ranked College of Idaho on Dec. 20, 2014.
SOUTHERN OREGON 76, PARK 45: At Gilbert, Ariz., Kalei Iwami and Delaney Sparling came off the bench to knock down five 3-pointers each and push Southern Oregon to a lopsided win in the teams’ first-ever matchup on Saturday night.
Iwami scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from downtown, Sparling contributed 15 and Dominique Harding had eight points, a career-high 13 rebounds and three assists. Danasia Allison, Syd’Nee Fryer and Kenadee Honaker all had three steals, helping the Raiders force 25 turnovers.
The Raiders split their trip to Arizona, going to 4-3 in non-conference play. They’re off until their Cascade Conference opener on Dec. 6 at Northwest (Wash.).
They wasted no time jumping on the Buccaneers (4-5), outscoring them 26-5 in the first quarter. They went into halftime up 37-17 and padded the lead with a 21-9 advantage in the fourth.
Park was held to 31-percent shooting from the field. Mailia Aguigui and Daniela Bernal both scored nine points but needed 15 combined field-goal attempts to get there.
Kami Walk recorded 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting and four rebounds for the Raiders. Fryer had six points, seven rebounds and three assists.
ROGUE CC OUSTED: At Tacoma, Wash., Rogue Community College won its first match of the day before suffering a season-ending setback to Pierce College in the Northwest Athletic Conference Championships.
The Ospreys (28-5) beat Bellevue College, 23-25, 25-23, 15-5, then fell to Pierce College, 25-18, 25-19.
Against Bellevue, RCC was led by Olivia Wallace’s 25 assists and 10 digs, while Violett Togagae added 10 kills and nine digs and Paia Togagae eight kills and 14 digs.
Against Pierce College, Wallace had 21 assists, Trinity Atuatasi 14 digs and Allie Hertager eight kills.