Southern Oregon quarterback Tanner Trosin and men's soccer defender Gonzalo Garcia received conference player-of-the-week awards Monday after helping their respective teams to successful weekends on the road.
Trosin was voted the Frontier Conference's offensive player of the week for his part in the Raiders' 52-28 win Saturday at Montana Western. The senior from Folsom, California, completed 36 of 48 attempts for 404 yards, finishing with three passing touchdowns and one rushing TD. He hooked up with 10 different receivers without throwing an interception in the performance, and he now ranks third in the NAIA at 360.3 passing yards per game.
During his career in conference games, Trosin has totaled 21 passing TDs and four interceptions. He's attempted 192 passes since his last Frontier pick.
Garcia, a sophomore from Stockton, Calif., was part of a tight defensive effort that led the Raiders to Friday's 3-0 upset of ninth-ranked Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and Sunday's 2-1 win at College of Idaho. He was voted the Cascade Conference's defensive player of the week, as SOU's back line allowed just four shots on goal all weekend. He also assisted SOU's first goal at C of I, scored by Paul Matyas.
Both teams are home this weekend for the first time. The Raider men's soccer team hosts Multnomah at 2 p.m. Friday and Walla Walla (Wash.) at 11 a.m. Sunday, and the football team hosts Carroll (Mont.) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Southern Oregon University football team will play at Raider Stadium for the first time this week with a No. 13 ranking, having moved up one spot in Monday's newest NAIA Top 25 poll.
After making an 11-spot climb in last week's first poll of the regular season, the Raiders improved to 3-0 on Saturday with a convincing 52-28 win at Montana Western. However, only one team ahead of them lost: Eastern Oregon, which was No. 11 before going down at College of Idaho by a score of 28-20, and consequentially moving down to No. 23.
There was little movement elsewhere in the poll. Saint Francis (Ind.) is still the unanimous No. 1, and Montana Tech is still the Frontier's highest-ranked team at No. 5 — and also the conference's only unbeaten team besides SOU. Eighteen teams in the poll are still unbeaten.
Perfect through three weeks for the first time since 2014, the Raiders play four of their next five games at home, starting with Saturday's 1 p.m. matchup against Carroll (Mont.).