COLLEGE ROUNDUP: SOU women upset No. 20 Oregon Tech
ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon women’s soccer team had another gear saved for No. 20-ranked archrival Oregon Tech in a 2-1 win Friday afternoon at Raider Stadium.
In their first NAIA Top 25 win of the season, the Raiders upset the Owls behind goals from Sarah Mauk and Kaya Baird. The latter was delivered in the 74th minute to break a 1-1 tie and make SOU just the second opponent to defeat the two-time defending conference champions in a CCC game since the start of 2019.
The Raiders upped their records to 4-3-1 overall and 2-1 in the CCC, bouncing back from last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Northwest (Wash.). The Owls fell to 5-2 and 2-1.
Mauk’s fourth goal of the season put the Raiders ahead nine minutes into the game. Baylee Touey started the play on the right sideline beyond midfield, then cut through the OIT defense toward the box and sent a through pass that gave Mauk an eight-yard shot from the left post. It was Touey’s team-leading third assist to the season; each of them have gone to Mauk.
OIT’s Mehana Ortiz leveled the score in the 32nd minute when she turned and shot from 28 yards deep off a pass from Kyra Cambra and lined her attempt just under the crossbar.
Baird’s first goal since 2019 was the highlight of an action-packed second half that saw the teams combine for 12 shots after generating seven in the first.
Mia Santander set it up, handling the ball on the right sideline and skipping a pass into the box. Baird gathered it with a defender on her hip and fired a rocket from five yards out past Alyx Burkhartzmeyer for the winner.
Though they won both meetings last year, the Owls still haven’t won in Ashland since 2013.
SOU keeper Ashlynn Hernandez helped keep that streak alive with seven saves.
SOUTHERN OREGON 1, OREGON TECH 0: At Ashland, Alan Gaytan’s sixth goal in six games, an 87th-minute strike, helped Southern Oregon score a close Cascade Conference win over Oregon Tech at Raider Stadium.
Both teams entered the matchup with perfect records, and the Raiders (7-0 overall, 3-0 CCC) left it as one of just two unbeaten teams in the 14-team circuit through three CCC games. Warner Pacific is the other after No. 23-ranked Corban fell Friday at College of Idaho, opening the door for SOU to break into the NAIA Top 25.
The Owls (6-1, 2-1) had scored at least two goals in each of their previous six games.
Liam Kalhagen helped shut them out with six saves, including a leaping effort to tip Jake Mitchell’s near-make over the crossbar in the 69th minute. It registered as OIT’s final shot on goal of the day.
It also set up the late heroics, which started when Adrian Villegas made a run down the left side. He passed through the defense and into the box to find Noah Addie in space, and Addie’s shot in front of the goal was blocked. It deflected right back to him, though, and Addie flicked short pass to Gaytan as he came sliding in with his left leg to push in the game-winner — his third already.
The Raiders didn’t get off their first shot until the 34th minute, and didn’t put one on target until the 47th. OIT keeper Joel Witts kept them off the board with seven saves.
But SOU’s back line held on, getting 90 strong minutes apiece from Elijah Garriss, Brad Thomas and Zak Woolley, who fought to hold the Owls to three shots on goal in the second half.
The shutout was SOU’s 20th in 26 home conference games since the start of 2017, and the third overall of the campaign.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 3, SOUTHERN OREGON 2: At Ashland, Southern Oregon’s issues closing matches persisted at the hands of College of Idaho at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
In a Cascade Conference battle, the Yotes came back for a 21-25, 25-23, 25-27, 25-23, 15-13 defeat of the Raiders to improve to 7-9 overall and even their CCC record at 4-4.
Emily Vandenberg had 12 kills and 10 digs and Brenna Hawkins was in on three of the Yotes’ four blocks during the tiebreaker set, which they never trailed. After C of I jumped out to a 5-1 advantage, the Raiders (7-6, 2-6) finally evened the score at 12-12. Danielle Neuman’s kill and an SOU attacking error put the momentum back on C of I’s side.
Hailey Van Well extended the match with a kill, but her attacking into the net on the final point clinched it for the Yotes.
The loss spoiled big nights for SOU’s Simone Gordon, who totaled 19 kills on 38 attempts and had four blocks, and defensive specialists Kadyn Jones (24 digs) and Karina Oliveira (20 digs), whose work helped offset a .185 attacking night.
The Raiders got 16 kills from Van Well, 12 from Shelby Young, 11 from Sadie Byrd and 10 from Hannah Stadstad. That group, however, also combined for 29 attacking errors.
RCC 3, CLACKAMAS 0: At Grants Pass, Rogue Community College set an early tone and rolled to a straight-set win over Clackamas Community College, 25-17, 25-19, 25-16.
The Ospreys were led by Devin Ireland’s 38 assists, Toni Stevens with 10 kills and three blocks. Catherine Rostel finished with 11 kills, Amanda Klotz had 10 kills and Mackenzie Ososke and Tessa Frodge both had seven kills.