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SOU men, women each place five on All-CCC teams

ASHLAND — Junior defender Zak Woolley and sophomore forward Alan Gaytan highlighted the Southern Oregon men’s soccer team’s All-Cascade Conference selections by claiming first-team honors, the CCC office announced Monday.

Three more Raiders were on the All-CCC second team: senior midfielders Junior Rivas and Joao de Santos, and sophomore midfielder/forward Adrian Villegas. Sophomore midfielder/defender Moises Hernandez received honorable mention.

Woolley is now a three-time all-star after landing on the second team twice previously. The anchor of SOU’s back line has appeared in all 16 games and led the Raiders in minutes played (1,350) while helping hold opponents to only 8.9 shots and 3.9 on goal per game. He and Hernandez, who played primarily on the back line, led the team to six shutouts.

Gaytan, who was a second-team pick as a true freshman in 2019, led the Raider with nine goals during the regular season — no one else had more than four — and an assist. His four game-winning goals in conference games led all CCC players, and he’s tallied five overall. The Troutdale product is up to 18 goals in 39 career games at SOU.

The Raiders’ group of midfielders on the second team were consistently productive in a balanced attack. Villegas had four goals and an assist, De Santos had three goals and a team-high four assists, and Rivas captained the team while accruing two goals and one assist.

Women’s Soccer

The Southern Oregon women’s soccer team was rewarded for one of the best regular seasons in team history with five All-CCC selections.

Senior goalkeeper Jessie Selby landed first-team honors. Senior defenders Trinity Rhoades and Brionna Wood, junior forward Sarah Mauk and sophomore forward Baylee Touey made the second team. Midfielders Morgan Rohmann, a senior, and Malaika Quigley, a sophomore, earned honorable mention.

Together, they’ve helped the Raiders go 12-4-1 and elevated them to second in the CCC standings with a 10-2 record after being picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll.

Selby was half of one of the NAIA’s best goalkeeping tandems during the regular season, combining with Ashlynn Hernandez to allow 0.4 goals per game. Selby’s save percentage of .925 — she collected 49 saves and allowed just four goals over 732 minutes — stands as the best in the conference in at least 15 years. She personally gave up just 0.5 goals per game, made at least six saves in five of her eight starts, and came up with a season-high 13 in a shutout of The Master’s (Calif.).

Her teammates in the back row, Rhoades and Wood, helped hold Raider opponents to five shots on goal per game. Thanks in part to their good work, the Raiders are two shutouts away from tying the team’s single-season record. Entering the postseason, they haven’t given up a goal in 450 minutes.

Mauk and Touey were the top playmakers for a balanced Raider attack. Mauk totaled a team-high five goals and two assists, putting 14 of her 22 shots on goal. Touey scored three goals and recorded all five of her assists in CCC games, ranking second in the circuit in that category.

Quigley matched Touey with three goals and five assists of her own. Rohmann balanced the field and scored one goal, a game-winner against Marymount California, while starting all 16 games.

Southern Oregon University defender Zak Wooley, seen here in a file photo, was one of five Raider men to earn all-conference recognition. (Al Case / Ashland Daily Photo)