Raiders aim for victorious start to league play against Owls

The Southern Oregon women's soccer team opens up Cascade Conference play Friday at home against Oregon Tech.

The match between the two rivals starts at 1 p.m. at University Field.

Southern Oregon went through nonconference play with a 2-5-1 record, but the two wins were impressive ones. The Raiders knocked off NCAA Division II Western Oregon and also beat 21st-ranked Rocky Mountain.

"I'm very confident in our team," SOU head coach Jon Clement said. "We have good players who are starting to find their range and get their feet under them a bit. We are still needing to be more consistent, but I know that will come with time."

SOU sophomore Denise Powell has been a bright light for the Raiders, scoring four goals on the season. The Raiders should be getting junior Sara Switzer back into the lineup more as she continues to rebound from injury.

"Our fitness is better now," Clement said. "Particularly with the recent run of overtime matches, I feel as though we can play at a high tempo for longer."

The Raiders and Oregon Tech have already faced each other once this year, with the Owls scoring a 2-1 victory.

"OIT always presents a still challenge," Clement said. "They're very hard working and have some dangerous players. It should be an exciting game for sure."

Men's Cross Country

The Southern Oregon men's cross country team has moved up to seventh in this week's NAIA Top 25 poll.

The Raiders are coming off an impressive victory over NCAA Division II Humboldt State last weekend at the Humboldt Invitational.

Southern Oregon was ranked 10th in the preseason poll and moved up to ninth last week before last Saturday's race.

Southern Oregon was ranked a program-best fourth in the last regular poll.

Cascade Conference teams, College of Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Concordia are all receiving votes in the poll.

SOU returns to action Oct. 3 when they travel to Salem for the Charles Bowles Invitational.

Women's Volleyball

The Southern Oregon volleyball team has jumped up to No. 16 in this week's NAIA Top 25 poll.

The Raiders (11-2 overall, 5-1 Cascade Conference) were ranked 18th in last week's Top 25 poll before knocking off Northwest and Evergreen State at home this week.

Southern Oregon's two losses have come to top-ranked Fresno Pacific and seventh-ranked College of Idaho.

The Raiders travel to Northwest Christian and Corban this weekend.

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