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SOU falls in overtime at Carroll

HELENA, Mont. — Jack Prka’s 9-yard pass touchdown pass to Tony Collins made Carroll (Mont.) a 20-17 overtime winner over Southern Oregon in a Frontier Conference battle Saturday at Nelson Stadium.

Cesar Ruiz had given the Raiders three points on the first possession of the extra session by sending through a 42-yard field goal. Prka’s clinching pass came on third down, moments after the Saints elected to go for it on fourth-and-1 at SOU’s 16-yard line and Prka kept them alive with a completion to Michael Maafu.

Prka completed 20 of 30 attempts for 184 yards. His only other touchdown pass was an 18-yarder to Kyle Pierce that tied the score at 14-all with 5:40 left in the fourth quarter.

The Saints improved to 5-4 in the Frontier, and SOU dipped to 3-6 heading into next week’s season finale at Eastern Oregon.

The teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half and the Raiders broke through with 12:31 left in the fourth on Blake Asciutto’s 22-yard TD pass to Bryce Goggin that tied the game. Asciutto and Goggin connected again a couple minutes later from 11 yards out to give SOU its first lead.

Goggin accumulated six receptions for 109 yards, marking his fourth 100-yard game of the season. The TD receptions were his seventh and eighth.

Christian Graney added six catches for 51 yards. Asciutto’s final line was 18-for-38 for 197 yards. SOU’s ground game struggled again with 33 yards on 23 attempts, and the Saints totaled 154 rushing yards.

The Raiders played even for most of the day anyway thanks to a defense led by linebacker Drew Schuler, who totaled 17 tackles — tied for the fifth-most in SOU single-game history — and forced two fumbles. Stokes Botelho recovered one of those fumbles and came up with his fifth interception.

Men’s Soccer

ROGUE CC 2, PENINSULA COLLEGE 1: Rogue Community College capitalized on two first half goals and held strong in the second to upset top-ranked Peninsula College and advance to the NWAC Final Four for the first time in program history.

The Ospreys (10-2-2, 6-2-2) used a goal by Zach Olson in the 10th minute and another in the 25th by Rosendo Juarez Flores off an assist by Jhoel Sarraude to take the advantage on Peninsula (15-1-1, 12-0-1).

Volleyball

SOU 3, WARNER PACIFIC 0: At Ashland, Southern Oregon went out on a high note with a 25-12, 25-18, 25-11 Cascade Conference sweep at Lithia Motors Pavilion, ending their season at 14-13 overall and 9-13 in CCC play.

Senior libero Kadyn Jones recorded nine digs and a pair of service aces in her final outing against the Knights (2-23, 2-20).

Sophomore middle Sadie Byrd had nine kills on 12 attempts and five of SOU’s eight blocks. Redshirt-freshman outside hitter Hailey Van Well had 10 kills on 18 swings.

Taylor Russell’s 24 assists helped SOU hit .387 as a team, its highest clip of 2021.

Men’s Basketball

THE MASTER’S 82, SOU 76: At Santa Clarita, Calif, Davian Brown and Caden Starr scored 24 points apiece to lead No. 22-ranked The Master’s (Calif.) against Southern Oregon.

After SOU’s Atmar Mundu cut the Mustangs’ (2-0) lead to 68-63 with five minutes left, Starr responded with back-to-back buckets inside and Johnny McWilliams slammed the door with a 3 in transition.

SOU forward Josh Meyer went for 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting and seven rebounds. Tez Allen turned in 13 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Mason Whittaker was the third Raider in double figures with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Women’s Basketball

BOISE STATE 62, SOU 49: At Boise, Idaho, Southern Oregon forced 22 turnovers and limited Boise State, members of the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference, to 36% shooting in the exhibition loss.

With 8:28 left in the game, SOU had the deficit down to five points on a Dominique Harding jumper that made it 46-41.

The Broncos pulled away from there, going on a 14-2 run, but over the final three quarters combined they shot just 13-for-42 from the field.

Sophomore forward Kami Walk turned in another strong exhibition outing with 18 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Raiders. Dominique Harding had seven points and four rebounds.

Men’s Wrestling

SOU 23, EASTERN OREGON 18: At La Grande, Southern Oregon made Joel Gibson’s first dual win as head men’s wrestling coach one to remember, pulling off a road upset of rival and No. 19-ranked Eastern Oregon.

Gibson took over the program prior to last season, but SOU’s 2020-21 slate was wiped out due to state restrictions limiting full-contact sports that were in place until late February. Coming into the night, SOU had lost three straight matchups against the Mountaineers dating back to 2019.

125 — Pancho Barrera, SOU, p. Raul Ruiz. (6-0); 133 — Evan Potter, SOU, tech. fall Luciano Fasulo, 15-0. (11-0); 141 — Zac Wigzell, SOU, dec. Monte Zufelt, 11-10. (14-0); 149 — Chad Muenzer, EOU, dec. Nick Peterson, 8-6. (14-3); 157 — Aaron Gandara, SOU, p. Ryan Ninman. (20-3)

165 — Pudge Monroy, SOU, dec. Malakai Moyer, 10-4. (23-3); 174 — John Bittinger, EOU, dec. Layn Pannkuk, 16-12. (23-6); 184 — Keegan Mulhill, EOU, dec. Noah Talavera, 6-3. (23-9); 197 — Jay Smith, EOU, dec. John White, 7-6. (23-12); 285 — Noel Orozco, EOU, p. Jay Juarez. (23-18)

Women’s Wrestling

SOU 34, EASTERN OREGON 11: At La Grande, No. 3-ranked Southern Oregon took the wind out of No. 12 Eastern Oregon’s sails early in a season-opening dual victory.

The Raiders earned bonus points in each of the first four matches and claimed seven of 10 weight classes on the night to cruise in their first dual outing in over 20 months.

Defending national champion Sienna Ramirez won the matchup of the night at 155 pounds. The top-ranked senior blanked the No. 5-ranked Dempsi Talkington, 4-0.

101 — Karly Scott, SOU, tech. fall Mia Schreiner, 10-0. (4-0); 109 — Valeree Ornelas, SOU, p. Nayeli Flores Roque, 2:26. (9-0); 116 — Tara Othman, SOU, p. Stephanie Blankenship, 0:18. (14-0); 123 — Carolina Moreno, SOU, p. Anjelynn Baron, 0:21. (19-0); 130 — Morgan Shines, EOU, dec. Jordynn Robson, 12-6. (20-3)

136 — Emily Se, SOU, p. Kaylee Moore, 1:47. (25-3); 143 — Erin Redford, EOU, dec. Desinee Lopez, 9-5. (26-6); 155 — Sienna Ramirez, SOU, dec. Dempsi Talkington, 4-0. (29-6); 170 — Olivia Robinson, EOU, p. Beyonce Garcia, 1:51. (29-11); 191 — Bailey Dennis, SOU, wins by forfeit. (34-11)

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSOU's Cesar Ruiz, seen here in a file photo, gave the Raiders the lead in overtime Saturday before Carroll rallied for the win.