RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU women record another shutout victory
PORTLAND — The Southern Oregon women’s soccer team stayed the course Friday with its fourth consecutive shutout victory, a 2-0 defeat of Warner Pacific in a Cascade Conference matchup at the Eastside Timbers Sports Complex.
SOU got both of its goals within a span of 85 seconds in the second half. Ruth Hegstad scored her second of the season in the 50th minute and Sarah Mauk netted her team-leading sixth in the 52nd. Both were unassisted.
The Raiders upped their record to 11-4-1 overall and 9-2 in the CCC entering Saturday’s regular-season finale at last-place Multnomah. They’ve won eight of their last nine and allowed only four goals during the stretch.
They remain tied with College of Idaho for second place, three points behind Oregon Tech, and are guaranteed no worse than the No. 3 seed when the CCC Tournament begins on Nov. 9 in Springfield. If they win and the Yotes and Owls both lose Saturday - at Northwest (Wash.) and Warner Pacific, respectively - the Raiders will have a share of the CCC title and the No. 1 seed.
Although they didn’t take the lead until late against the Knights, they had a 14-6 edge in shots and goalkeeper Jessie Selby only had to make one save for the shutout.
The Raiders are up to 10 total shutouts this season. The team record, established five years ago, is 13.
WARNER PACIFIC 4, SOU 0: At Portland, Warner Pacific denied Southern Oregon’s Cascade Conference title bid after the Knights became the first SOU opponent to score four goals since 2015.
The Raiders (13-3 overall, 9-3 CCC) entered the day three points behind the first-place Knights (15-2, 11-1) and Oregon Tech and will now have the No. 3 seed when the CCC Tournament begins Nov. 9.
The Knights took the lead in the 29th minute when Matias Castano headed in a free ball, and went up 2-0 three minutes before halftime on Sunjoon Tenorio’s goal assisted by Arturo Bahena.
Castano assisted Hunter VanCleave in the 58th. Bahena, the CCC’s goals leader, added his 15th in the 68th minute.
Izaiha Bruce recorded SOU’s only on-target shot.
EASTERN OREGON 3, SOU 0: At La Grande, Cambree Scott had 10 kills and assisted three blocks to lead No. 12-ranked Eastern Oregon to a 25-17, 25-14, 25-19 Cascade Conference win against Southern Oregon.
Scott delivered on a .625 attacking average, leading the Mountaineers (22-5 overall, 17-2 CCC) to a .257 clip as a team. They also had nine blocks in sinking the SOU’s average to .066.
Hailey Van Well posted a team-high seven kills for the Raiders (12-12, 7-12) and Simone Gordon had six. Taylor Russell went for 10 assists and 10 digs, and Carol Melo assisted four of the team’s seven blocks.
HUMBOLDT STATE 75, SOU 67: At Arcata, Calif., Southern Oregon matched NCAA Division II opponent Humboldt State (Calif.) blow-for-blow but let an eight-point lead slip away over the final eight minutes of an exhibition loss.
Sophomore forward Kami Walk posted game-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds for the Raiders, who were on the court for the first time in 19 1/2 months in Carlotta Kloppenburg-Pruitt’s debut as head coach.
Walk’s bucket inside had SOU up 58-50 with 9:24 to go before the Lumberjacks put together a 15-2 run. They led 68-64 with a minute to play when Jadence Cliftron put the game away with a 3-pointer.
Clifton led four Lumberjacks in double figures with 14 points.
Raider guard Dominique Harding had 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting before fouling out, Kalei Iwami scored 11 and Syd’Nee Fryer had eight to go with six boards.
Both teams shot 25-of-55 from the field but the Raiders were haunted by 20 turnovers.