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SOU nearly pulls upset of D-2 Stanislaus State

TURLOCK, Calif. — Southern Oregon was minutes away from adding another résumé-building win before Stanislaus State (Calif.) thwarted the upset bid with three consecutive scores, including the golden goal in a 4-3 overtime decision late Thursday night at Warrior Stadium.

Sadie Ortiz’s shot ended the match in the 102nd minute after Summer England erased a 3-1 deficit for the Warriors with back-to-back goals in the 81st and 82nd minutes. The comeback spoiled another offensive outburst from Raider freshman Baylee Touey, who tallied both of her goals in the opening 21 minutes of the second half.

The Warriors — members of the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association — were playing their opener and coming off of their 12th consecutive winning season in 2018. In three matchups from 2015-17, they outscored SOU a combined 11-0.

The Raiders (2-2) were aiming for their first win against an NCAA DII opponent since 2012, having already collected three points at both 11th-ranked Vanguard (Calif.) and 25th-ranked Westmont (Calif.).

Freshman Madison Childers jump-started them 55 seconds before halftime with an assist from Maddie Casey, notching her second goal of the season.

Touey then became the first Raider with two multi-goal games since 2015, and the first to accomplish the feat before the start of conference play since SOU’s all-time leading scorer, Stephanie Carr, in 2012.

Off of a pass from Mia Volpatti, Touey put the Raiders up 2-0 in the 51st minute. After Stanislaus State’s Ilena Rivera cut the lead in half in the 65th, Touey extended it again in the 67th, taking an assist from Michala Denn.

In a matter of 1:23, Summer got both scores the Warriors needed for the tie. In the second overtime period, Selia Torres assisted Ortiz for the winner.

The Raiders were out-shot 28-8, though they put seven on goal. Each of Touey’s four shots went on target.

The Warriors had a 6-0 advantage in overtime.

SOU will remain in Turlock to meet another NCAA opponent, Sonoma State, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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