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RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU tops William Jessup to stay perfect

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KLAMATH FALLS — A last-minute venue change enabled the Southern Oregon men’s soccer team to escape the unhealthy air just long enough to pick up its third straight win Friday, 2-1 over William Jessup (Calif.) at the Oregon Tech Soccer Field.

Twenty-four hours after finishing off a comfy 3-0 victory against Simpson, the Raiders (3-0) had to scrap to finish off the Warriors (0-2) in a testy matchup, and had to ditch Raider Stadium to find a window to do it. They got the job done with goals from Alan Gaytan and Evan Norconk.

Gaytan scored for the second day in a row in the 39th minute, giving the Raiders the first goal when Joao de Santos caught the Warriors off guard on a free kick from the top of the box. De Santos slid his pass to the right and Gaytan streaked in with the ball for an eight-yard shot inside the left post.

SOU made it 2-0 less than a minute into the second half. Moises Hernandez cut through WJU’s press to get the ball out of the backfield and found Gaytan, who was credited with the assist after making a run down the left side and crossing to Norconk at the opposite post for a header.

Norconk’s goal was his first-ever as a Raider. Gaytan’s was his 11th.

The Warriors got back within a goal in the 59th minute when Angelo Chavez was tripped up in the box on a breakaway, drawing a yellow card and a penalty kick. Marcus Tovar converted it.

SOU just missed on a couple chances to extend the lead again. In the 74th minute, de Santos’ lined shot from the top of the box hit the post. Two minutes later, Junior Rivas peppered the right post.

The Raiders out-shot WJU 15-9 on the afternoon.

They’ll will be off until Sept. 11, when they conclude their non-conference schedule at Menlo (Calif.). After that, they’ll open Cascade Conference play in Ashland on Sept. 17 against Evergreen (Wash.).


SOUTHERN OREGON 3, LEWIS-CLARK STATE 0: At Lewiston, Idaho, No. 21-ranked Southern Oregon won its sixth straight to start the season, opening its Cascade Conference schedule by dominating Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) with a 25-23, 25-10, 25-17 sweep at the LCSC Activity Center.

LC State (5-4), which joined the CCC in the 2020-21 season that SOU opted out of, was dispatched in the teams’ first matchup as conference opponents in 80 tidy minutes.

Outside hitter Shelby Young dropped in 11 kills on 17 swings, boosting the Raiders’ attacking average to .230 overall. Hailey Van Well contributed 11 kills of her own, reaching double figure for the fifth time in six outings.

Kadyn Jones and Karina Oliveira both had 12 digs. Collectively, the Raiders conceded a single service ace.

Gwen Sheldon distributed 21 assists, also helping Simone Gordon and Hannah Stadstad reach seven kills apiece.

Of the Raiders’ five blocks, Sadie Byrd and Gordon both assisted three, and Taylor Jackson was in on two.

The first set was the tightest, but SOU won it on its fourth set point thanks to a bad set. After falling behind 7-6 in the second, the Raiders dominated the rest of the way.

Cassidy Nelson’s six kills led the Warriors. She needed 21 swings to get them and was forced into five attacking errors.