ROCKLIN, Calif. — Playing for the third time in five days on another sweltering, hazy California afternoon Monday, tacking an overtime period against William Jessup onto the end of its long road trip was not an ideal prospect for Southern Oregon. Thanks to Daisy Cervantes, the Raiders avoided it at the last possible minute.
With 48 seconds left in regulation, Cervantes controlled a pass from Yvonne Valencia on an advantage and bounced in a short shot near the left post to break a 1-1 tie. With four seconds left, Mia Volpatti's third goal of the trip accounted for the final 3-1 score.
Cervantes' goal was SOU's first game-winner tallied inside the final minute of regulation since a 4-3 win over Oregon Tech on Sept. 23, 2003.
It made the Raiders 3-1 overall going into matchups with two NCAA Division II opponents, Dixie State (Utah) and Sonoma State (Calif.), which will mark the end of their non-conference schedule Saturday and Sunday in Rohnert Park, Calif.
The Warriors fell to 0-4.
Kelsey Randall's first goal of the season, a centered shot fired to the right put, gave SOU the lead in the 10th minute. WJU's Yvette Perez came up with the equalizer with an assist from Marissa Sanders in the 34th.
Cervantes, a junior who this season was moved from defense to midfield, hadn't scored in two years. The assist was also Valencia's first since 2015.
Over the last two seasons, SOU is 6-0 against NAIA opponents in non-conference play.
Southern Oregon quarterabck Tanner Trosin was voted the Frontier Conference's offensive player of the week Monday after leading the 25th-ranked Raiders to a season-opening win Saturday in Sherwood.
As SOU topped No. 7 Eastern Oregon, 31-21, the senior completed 21 of 33 passes for 311 yards and rushed 14 times for 85. Protecting a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter, he led the Raiders on an 82-yard drive that he finished with a 15-yard touchdown run and, after SOU's defense promptly forced a punt, he fired a 74-yard TD pass over the top to Bronsen Ader.
In Trosin's last seven starts — dating back to the 2015 NAIA Championship Series — he's posted five 300-plus-yard-passing games. In his first eight, he didn't have any. The latest was his third such performance without an interception.
The product of Folsom, California, has also rushed for at least 80 yards seven times, including three of his four matchups against the Mountaineers.
He and the Raiders will travel to face College of Idaho (0-2, 0-1 Frontier) on Saturday.