Raider Roundup: Kohler delivers as Raiders blank Knights again
ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University women’s soccer team did just enough to post its fifth consecutive shutout and second consecutive 1-0 defeat of Warner Pacific on Monday afternoon at Raider Stadium.
Cassandra Kohler gave the Raiders a spark off the bench in their fourth straight Cascade Conference victory, depositing the lone goal in the 38th minute. They improved to 4-1-1 as a result and set up two key matchups against first-place Oregon Tech in a week.
Kohler, a senior from Henderson, Nevada, had been on the field for less than 10 minutes when Natalie Paul directed a ball into the box that was deflected by a Knights defender and accidentally landed with Kohler wide of the left post.
With more than enough space, Kohler lined up a 15-yard shot and curled it inside the right post for her first goal since 2018.
The Raiders dominated possession for the second straight day and had 23 shots to WPU’s five, giving them a lopsided 47-5 combined advantage for the back-to-back, but didn’t take advantage of any other chances.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ashlynn Hernandez took care of the only three shots the Knights (1-7 overall, 0-6 CCC) put on target, securing her third shutout of the season.
Knights keeper Isabell Bauer had seven saves. Mia Santader led the Raiders with two shots on goal, and with a couple minutes left in the match missed a shot off the crossbar.
The Raiders have shut out the Knights in four consecutive matchups and topped them in seven straight dating back to 2015.
They’ll go from playing four games in a row against Bushnell and WPU — which have combined to go 0-12 in conference play — to finishing their regular-season schedule with four straight against Oregon Tech and Corban, which are tied for the CCC’s top spot with matching 5-1 record.
SOU 2, WARNER PACIFIC 0: At Ashland, Southern Oregon’s attacking breakthrough came just in time to get back at Warner Pacific at Raider Stadium.
After being held scoreless for the first three halves of the back-to-back, freshman Moises Hernandez and sophomore Sam Walker tapped in uncontested shots in the 55th and 56th minutes to give the Raiders a split of the series and bump their Cascade Conference record to 3-1.
WPU (8-2 overall, 4-2 CCC) won Sunday’s evenly-contested matchup on a penalty kick, but a more composed and patient SOU squad emerged 24 hours later to spread out and pick apart the Knights with advantages of 19-7 in shots and 10-2 in shots on goal.
Hernandez made the fifth on-target shot count with his second goal of the season. He initially left a ball at the top of the box for freshman Evan Norconk, who turned and fired a 20-yard shot off the crossbar. Knights keeper Alexis Calderilla-Hurtado went lunging for it and could only watch from the ground as Hernandez streaked in to rebound.
Norconk was credited with an assist for his first collegiate point.
Eighty-eight seconds later, Hernandez sent an immaculate through ball from midfield into the box that sent Calderilla-Hurtado diving again. Walker beat him to the ball after streaking down the right side and had a clear path to his second goal of the season.
SOU’s back line of Carlos Diaz, Omar Navarro-Ramirez and Zak Woolley continued to make life tough on WPU’s attackers and kept senior Nick Evans, who entered the weekend with eight goals, to a single shot on target.
Raider keeper Liam Kalhagen earned the shutout with two saves.
The defense took a major hit, though, when Woolley was sent off with his second yellow card with six minutes left. He’ll also miss SOU’s next game, Sunday at Oregon Tech, as a result.