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RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU’s Struck earns NAIA honor

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon quarterback Matt Struck has been voted the NAIA Football Offensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Monday, following his six-touchdown performance Saturday against MSU-Northern.

Struck was also honored by the Frontier Conference along with kicker Cesar Ruiz, who was named the FC’s Erck Hotels Special Teams Player of the Week for converting all six of his point-after attempts and averaging 56.1 yards per kickoff.

Struck, a senior from Central Point who transferred to SOU from Missouri State, celebrated his first start as a Raider on Saturday at Autzen Stadium by completing 22-of-34 pass attempts for 326 yards in a 42-7 win. He threw five touchdown passes — becoming the first Raider to do so since 2014 - and rushed for another as the Raiders evened their record at 1-1.

Struck is the first SOU football player to earn the NAIA Player of the Week award since FC Player of the Year Tanner Trosin in 2017.

He made his SOU debut on Aug. 28 at Rocky Mountain College, passing for 259 yards while sharing QB duties in a 42-28 loss.

The Raiders will be back on the road this week at defending conference champion College of Idaho, which will also enter the matchup with a 1-1 record.

HOF festivities postponed

The Southern Oregon University Sports Hall of Fame’s class of 2021 induction festivities, originally scheduled for Sept. 25, have been postponed indefinitely.

The class, which was announced in August, comprises three Raider national championship teams: 2000-01 wrestling, 2010 cross country, and 2014 football. The customary induction banquet had already been canceled due to the uncertainty of Covid-19, and more issues have since been raised by the implementation of SOU’s fan vaccination policy and air quality in the Rogue Valley.

The festivities will be made up at a later date. More information will be released when it is available.

Women’s soccer

SOU 2, UC MERCED 0: At Merced, Calif., Mia Santander and Sarah Mauk deposited first-half goals and sent the Southern Oregon women’s soccer team into Cascade Conference play on a high note with a triumph over UC Merced on Sunday afternoon at Bobcat Field.

Mauk assisted Santander’s first goal of the season 14 minutes into the contest, then added her first in the 24th minute with an assist from Sophia Connell.

The Raiders (2-2-1 overall) set an aggressive tone, firing six of the game’s first seven shots. Their next one, in the 34th minute, was a liner from Cassie Robinson that hit the crossbar.

SOU keeper Jessie Selby faced eight shots and saved four to record her second shutout of the season and the Raiders’ third.

The Bobcats, members of the California Pacific Conference, fell to 1-2-1.

SOU starts the CCC portion of its schedule on Friday against Evergreen (Wash.) and Saturday against Northwest (Wash.). Both matches are set for 3:30 p.m. starts at Raider Stadium.