Late goal propels WOU past Southern

Western Oregon's Melinda Ingalis scored with four minutes to play to allow the NCAA Division II Wolves to escape with a 1-0 victory over Southern Oregon on Sunday at SOU.

Western Oregon improved to 4-5-1 on the season. SOU fell to 3-6 overall. The Raiders return to Cascade Conference play next week at College of Idaho (Friday) and Eastern Oregon (Saturday). The Raiders are 1-0 in conference play.

"We battled hard — for the middle portion of the game we played very well," SOU head coach Jon Clement said. "Credit to Western Oregon, their special player found a way to free herself late in the game. We had a lot of positives. A little bit experience will help us immensely."

After the two teams played evenly through the first 85 minutes of action, Ingalis came up with the ball in traffic with 86:14 to play and scored the game-winner off an assist from Sam Slezak.

The goal and WOU victory ruined another impressive performance by SOU freshman keeper Jessica Kuehlwien. The Oregon City product turned back 10 WOU shots on goal. In the last three matches, Kuehlwien has given up just one goal and has recorded 24 saves.

"Jess is a very solid goalkeeper," Clement said. "She's brave and has stellar game and her kicking is fantastic. It's like having another field player in the goal."

The Raiders finished with 12 shots and six shots on goal, while the Wolves finished with 16 shots and 10 shots on goal.

Freshman Chenin Young and sophomore Chelsie O'Neill both had two shots on goal for the Raiders.

Kristen Werhane led Western with a pair of shots on goal.

Girls Soccer

Goalkeeper Rinchen Thomas and the Ashland defense secured a third straight shutout Saturday, defeating visiting Eagle Point 2-0 in a Southern Sky Conference girls soccer match.

Kai Yearsley scored in the 19th minute after her free kick hit off an Eagle Point defender, bounced back to her and gave her another chance to booted it again past the goalkeeper.

Chloe Deckwar took a pass from Riley Smith and dribbled into the box for an easy finish in the 78th minute to give Ashland the 2-0 lead.

The Grizzlies (4-3, 2-0 SSC) outshot the Eagles 23-7 and both teams had shots hit off the crossbar. Ashland also had a penalty kick sail over the goal and another goal called back with an offsides penalty.

"We had lots of good opportunities that we missed," Ashland coach Eric Wolff said. "Eagle Point is looking a whole lot better than they have. They played with a lot of energy."

Thomas had five saves and the Ashland defense forced Eagle Point (2-3-2, 0-1) into mostly tough shots.

"The defense has been doing very well," Wolff said. "Most of their shots were long-range shots and our defense didn't allow them to get close."

Boys Soccer

At Eagle Point, Adam Pavlich had two goals and Reed Chasmar had a goal and an assist in Ashland's 5-0 Southern Sky Conference victory.

Nate Roupp and Dakota Wolff also had goals for Ashland (6-1-1, 2-0 SSC). The best scoring chance for Eagle Point (4-1-2, 0-1 SSC) came 30 minutes into the second half when a shot hit the crossbar.

Women's Volleyball

Senior middle blocker Mia Wortel became the seventh Southern Oregon volleyball player to go over 1,000 kills in a career Saturday as the Raiders knocked off Northwest Christian 25-20, 25-10, 25-14 in Eugene.

The Raiders have now won six straight matches and improved to 9-7 overall and 7-1 in Cascade Conference play. The Raiders still have not dropped a set during that winning streak. Northwest Christian fell to 5-10 overall and 0-8 in conference play.

Wortel, who needed seven kills to reach 1,000, went for a match-high 13 kills with no errors for a .591 attack percentage. Sophomore Samantha Yutzie had eight kills for the Raiders, junior setter Lindsey Stone had a match-high 34 assists and seven digs and Maggie Rivers finished with 12 digs. Becky Johnstone added 11 digs.

Heather Porter came through with a kill to give SOU an 18-12 lead in the first set and it looked like the Raiders would cruise from the opening whistle. But Northwest Christian went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to one. Sophomore Sarah Holgen ended the run with a kill and a pair of errors by the Beacons gave SOU a 23-19 lead, and they would then put away the first set.

The second set was all SOU, as an 8-1 lead quickly became a 20-9 Raider advantage and then a 25-10 victory.

Northwest Christian led 12-11 in the third set before SOU went on a 10-0 run to erase all of the Beacons' momentum. Wortel had five kills during that stretch.

The Raiders travel to Warner Pacific (Friday) and Cascade College (Saturday) next weekend.

Prep Cross Country

At Aloha, Phoenix phenom Elliott Jantzer was on display Saturday at the Nike Pre-Nationals and did not disappoint in the event's elite race, the Jim Danner Championship.

Behind a gutsy strategy, Jantzer was able to secure fifth place and keep pace with two of the nation's top-10 runners, timing 15 minutes, 45.85 seconds in the 5-kilometer event at Aloha High School.

South Medford's Piper Delaney placed 12th and tied for second on the school's all-time list for the 5K with a time of 18:54.

Other local finishers who excelled in the elite event were Ashland's Ryland Karlovich, who took 12th (15:58.75) and his teammate Wilder Schaaf, who finished 35th (16:35.6).

Zach Hibbs of Phoenix finished in 61st place (16:59.65), Rogue River's Cole Watson was 67th (17:05.7), Ashland's Cord Walsh 72nd (17:18.4) and Phoenix's Dan Engle 75th (17:20.65).

For girls, Ashland received a 10th-place finish from Seena Frantz (19:40.95), followed by Camelia Mayfield (38th, 21:00.6), Alex Kiesling (44th, 21:11.5) and Hannah Ewing (46th, 21:19.15).

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