SOU women return to Raider Stadium for final homestand
The Southern Oregon University women’s soccer team knows it can’t afford to leave any points on the table as it begins a final push for Cascade Conference Tournament seeding with its last two home games this week at Raider Stadium.
Of four remaining regular-season contests, the Raiders (6-5-2 overall, 3-3-2 CCC) will play three teams with sub-.500 records. The favorable stretch starts at 1 p.m. Friday against Warner Pacific (3-9, 3-5), followed by Sunday’s 10 a.m. matchup with Multnomah (1-10, 0-7). Following Sunday’s game, SOU will recognize five seniors who have traditionally dominated on their home turf, going 20-3-3 in Ashland over the last four seasons.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW: The Raiders reached the end of a two-week skid on Friday at Corban, losing 3-1 after Warriors junior Annouscka Kordom untied the game with a penalty kick in the 47th minute and tacked on in the 57th. They experienced a much-needed offensive breakout the next day at Northwest Christian, getting four goals in a 22-minute stretch during the second half from Michala Denn, Madison Childers, Baylee Touey and Sarah Mauk. Childers and Touey also had assists as SOU finished off the 4-0 victory with its fifth shutout and a 24-3 advantage in shots.
AROUND THE CCC: The circuit standings are jam-packed in the middle with Carroll (Mont.), Corban and Rocky Mountain (Mont.) tied for fourth place at 16 points apiece. SOU is five back with 11 points but has played two fewer games than Carroll and Corban. At 8-0, Northwest (Wash.) can clinch an outright title with nine points over its last four games, but still has to play the two teams right behind it: Oregon Tech (6-0-2) and 11th-ranked Eastern Oregon (6-1-1). The CCC Tournament will comprise eight teams, and only two of 13 have been eliminated from contention.
- The Raiders have won 10 consecutive CCC games in which they’ve scored multiple goals. They’re unbeaten in 32 straight home games when they score at least one goal.
- With a team-high seven goals to go with two assists, Baylee Touey is three goals away from matching SOU’s freshman goals record and seven points away from matching SOU’s freshman points record, both established in 2004 by Kara Bradach (10 goals, 3 assists).
- The Raiders have outscored opponents 21-14 in CCC play. They’ve given up three goals before halftime and 11 after.
- Michala Denn has recorded points in three of SOU’s last four games after going without one in her first nine appearances. She had the equalizer in a tie with College of Idaho on Oct. 11 and the game-winner at Northwest Christian last Saturday.
- All five of SOU’s senior are Academic All-Cascade Conference honorees: Maddie Casey, Kailey Lemon, Jazmin Shaffer, Mia Volpatti and Aislinn Waite.
ABOUT WARNER PACIFIC: The Knights are fresh off of a solid 2-1 win over Providence (Mont.) that stopped a three-game losing streak, but have been outscored 15-7 in conference games. Miki Dart and Ashley Giesbers lead the team with two goals apiece, and Giesbers has put 14 of her 16 shots on target. The Raiders have won nine of the last 10 head-to-head matchups and lead the series 15-4-2.
ABOUT MULTNOMAH: In their second season, the Lions got their first points as an NAIA program in non-conference play against Mills (Calif.) and are 0-19 in CCC games. They’ve been shut out in six of seven conference games this year, including each of the last four. SOU won the first matchup last year in Portland, 9-0.