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Volpatti leads SOU past UC Merced

Southern Oregon junior forward Mia Volpatti’s first goal of the season was wiped off the board Friday when the Raiders’ matchup with Menlo was stopped by poor air quality six minutes before it could be ruled an official game. On Sunday afternoon at Raider Stadium, she more than made up for the lost points.

Volpatti got both of SOU’s goals in the first half of a 2-1 defeat of the UC Merced Bobcats, which made the Raiders 2-1-1 going into the start of Cascade Conference play next weekend.

In the fourth minute, a ball sent into the box ricocheted through two Bobcats on a bounce and reached Volpatti for a short shot that she got past diving keeper Ally Lozano. Fifteen minutes later, Makena Totushek lined a strike that Lozano knocked down, but Volpatti was there for the rebound to put the Raiders up 2-0. Totushek was credited with an assist on the play.

Volpatti’s only previous two-goal game was also against Merced, last year in a 4-3 victory.

SOU’s sturdy defense required its keepers to make only three saves. Kailey Lemon had one in the first half, and Jessie Selby took over in the second to make two, including a leaping stop of Jennifer Salinger’s try in the 82nd minute to deny what looked to be a sure goal.

One minute later, Salinger converted a pretty strike from the top of the box on an assist from D Covarrubias.

The Bobcats dropped to 1-3-1.

The match was the Raiders’ first official at home of the season. Since the start of 2016, they’ve won 13 of 15 at Raider Stadium. Their next visitor will be Rocky Mountain at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

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SOUTHERN OREGON 6, PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE 0: At Angwin, Calif.,Southern Oregon struck early and often and Carlos Magana pocketed three second-half goals in the Raiders’ victory at Pacific Union.

The lopsided decision, which marked the third straight win for the Raiders (3-2) going into their Cascade Conference schedule, swung in SOU’s favor on a Paul Matyas goal assisted by Luis Aguilar in the 22nd minute. It was 3-0 by halftime - Austyn Ciampa assisted Jan Pessoa de Oliveira in the 31st, and Noah Addie converted a penalty kick set up by Brendan Allen in the 34th - before Magana’s onslaught.

Magana, the senior forward from Cowiche, Wash., pocketed the third hat trick of his career — he’s gotten one in every season with the Raiders — by tallying in the 62nd, 78th and 89th minutes. Jared Delaney, Gonzalo Garcia and Ahmon Afenegus were credited with the assists.

Magana, SOU’s all-time leading goal-scorer, now has 18 in his career and four on the season.

The Raiders concluded non-conference play having outscored their opponents 15-5.

They hammered the Pioneers (0-2) with a 27-3 advantage in shots.

SOU will return to Raider Stadium to host No. 10-ranked Rocky Mountain (Mont.) at 1 p.m. Friday and The College of Idaho at 11 a.m. next Sunday.

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