SOU soccer squads find out CCC tourney opposition
As of Sunday’s completion of the regular season, the eight-team fields for the Cascade Conference Soccer Championships presented by U.S. Bank have been finalized.
With the No. 3 seed, the Southern Oregon University men’s soccer team (12-5-1 overall, 10-2-1 CCC) will meet No. 6-seeded Eastern Oregon (9-8-1, 7-6-0) in a quarterfinal matchup on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. And with the No. 5 seed on the women’s side, the Raiders (10-5-2, 7-3-2) will face No. 4-seeded Northwest (Wash.) (13-5-0, 9-3-0) in their quarterfinal game on Nov. 12 at 8 p.m.
Both tournaments will be held exclusively at Les Schwab Sports Park in Springfield. The semifinal rounds are set for Nov. 13, and the championship games for Nov. 15. Neither field is bracketed; the highest remaining seeds will face the lowest remaining seeds in the semifinals.
Corban owns the No. 1 seed on the men’s side and Oregon Tech is the top seed for the women after both teams wrapped up regular-season titles this weekend - thereby claiming the CCC’s first automatic bids for the NAIA Opening Round. The CCC’s second automatic bids will be awarded to the tournament champions or, if a regular-season champion repeats, to the other tourney finalist.
The Raider men, who ended the regular season on an eight-game unbeaten streak, have appeared in the last two CCC Tournament finals. They won their regular-season matchup with EOU, 2-0 at Raider Stadium, and are 5-0 all-time against the Mountaineers with five shutouts.
The Raider women will ride a five-game winning streak into the postseason and haven’t given up a goal since their last loss. They played at Northwest in Saturday’s regular-season finale and won 1-0 with an own goal — handing the Eagles their third consecutive loss in a stretch that knocked them out of first place. It’ll be the third time in four seasons the teams have met in the playoffs. NU has played its way into the last three national tourneys by advancing to the CCC finals, defeating Eastern Oregon last season for the title.