SOU ROUNDUP: Raiders make it back-to-back wins over Bushnell
ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon men’s soccer team didn’t arrive at the second half of its back-to-back against Bushnell any less eager to hunt goals Monday on a frigid afternoon at Raider Stadium.
The Raider attack never let up in a 3-0 win, and Bushnell never got comfortable while enduring a second straight shutout loss. A day after out-shooting the Beacons 29-4, SOU fired 24 shots and allowed only six.
Sam Walker, Izaiha Bruce and Alan Gaytan deposited goals and brought the Raiders to 2-0 entering the next part of their eight-game Cascade Conference schedule, another back-to-back at home against Warner Pacific.
After scoring the go-ahead goal in Sunday’s 2-0 win on Gaytan’s penalty kick that was the result of a Bushnell red card, the Raiders continued to pounce on mistakes in their second outing. Less than three minutes in, Gaytan slid behind the defense on a throw-in down the left side and when he reached the end line crossed to Walker, who slid in for a 10-yard strike.
In the 29th minute, Junior Rivas placed a free kick into the box that deflected off a Beacons defender and landed with Bruce for a chance that he converted.
Gaytan punched in his second goal of the series nine minutes into the second half with an assist paid back by Walker.
Raider keeper Liam Kalhagen made eight saves over the first 79 minutes of the contest, and reserve Anthony Armenta took over for the final 11.
In their last 10 conference games dating back to last season, the Raiders are 9-0-1. They have six wins and a tie in the all-time series against Bushnell, which was formerly known as Northwest Christian.
The Beacons fell to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the CCC. They’ve yet to tally a conference goal.
Gaytan, a sophomore from Troutdale, now has eight goals and four assists in 21 career games. Walker, a sophomore from Scotland, owns seven goals and seven assists in the same time.
SOU’s remaining back-to-backs are against West Division foes Warner Pacific, Oregon Tech and 16th-ranked Corban, which is sitting at 4-0. Because the teams will plan an uneven number of games, the division champion — and recipient of one of the CCC’s two automatic national tournament bids — will be decided by win percentage.
SOUTHERN OREGON 3, BUSHNELL 0: At Ashland, Southern Oregon sophomores Madison Childers and Sarah Mauk wasted no time following up on their first goals of the season.
Twenty-four hours after getting on the board, Mauk scored in the third minute and Childers struck in the 11th as the Raiders cruised to their second win over Bushnell in as many days at Raider Stadium.
Childers tacked on a second score in the 54th minute for the first two-goal game of her young career. Mauk nearly joined her, striking the crossbar in both halves.
The Raiders went to 2-1-1 in the Cascade Conference with their third consecutive shutout. Ashlynn Hernandez was in goal for this one but was only needed for one save as the Raiders controlled possession and the shots battle, 18-3.
The victory was also the 65th for eighth-year head coach Jenni Rosenberg, which tied her with Jon Clement for the most in the team history.
Senior defender Trinity Rhoades, outside of her sturdy work on the back line, also hooked up Mauk for the first goal as Mauk slipped behind the defense and Rhoades passed it to her from beyond midfield.
Mauk was then credited with an assist eight minutes later on Childers’ goal, which was lined between the legs of Beacons keeper Rachel Rhoads from about 20 yards deep.
In the 54th minute, Cassandra Kohler made a slick pass to Childers for an easy shot at goal on a breakaway.
The Beacons fell to 0-4 in CCC play.