Southern Oregon University football player Tyson Cooper and men’s soccer player Mitchell Pinney have been voted conference players of the week, the Frontier and Cascade league offices announced Monday.
Cooper was selected as the Frontier Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career following No. 3 SOU’s 27-0 win Saturday at Carroll (Mont.). The all-conference linebacker made nine tackles and nixed the Saints’ first drive of the day with an interception, ultimately lifting the Raiders to their first shutout in 15 years.
Cooper, a senior from Gresham, has made a team-high 28 tackles this season for the Raiders, who are 4-0 and alone in first place with a bye this weekend.
Pinney, a senior forward from Hockinson, Wash., was voted the Cascade Offensive Player of the Week after Friday’s 2-0 win at Eastern Oregon and Sunday’s 10-1 win at Walla Walla (Wash.). He scored both goals against the Mountaineers — including the game-winner just 27 seconds into his shift out of halftime — and recorded another goal with two assists against the Wolves.
Pinney leads the Raiders with 12 points (4 goals, 4 assists) on the year. In his three-year SOU career, he’s up to 14 goals with six game-winners.
The Raiders (7-2 overall, 4-0 CCC) are tied in first place with Corban entering two home games this weekend — Friday against Northwest Christian and Saturday against Corban.
SOU IN AT NO. 3 AGAIN: Southern Oregon is No. 3 in the NAIA Top 25 football coaches’ poll for the third week in a row after surviving its longest road trip of the year last weekend and remaining one of the 15 unbeaten teams across the country.
Defending champion Saint Francis (Ind.) (4-0) stayed the unanimous No. 1 and Morningside (Iowa) (4-0) held at No. 2 in Monday’s latest poll, which saw no movement among the top seven teams. SOU (4-0), fresh off its 27-0 win at Carroll with a bye up next, is directly ahead of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Northwestern (Iowa) and Marian (Ind.), each of which also have perfect records.
There was minimal shifting elsewhere in the Frontier. Montana Tech jumped four spots to No. 20, Rocky Mountain stayed at No. 23 and Montana Western dropped two to No. 24.
The Raiders have first place to themselves thanks to Eastern Oregon, which appeared in the receiving votes category. Saturday in La Grande, the Mountaineers lost a 28-point lead in the fourth quarter but pulled off a 54-51 overtime upset of Montana Western, which had not been defeated coming into the day.
SOU’s next game will be Oct. 6 at Rocky (3-2), whose only losses were to Montana Western and in a forfeit to Carroll.