GREAT FALLS, Mont. — The 14th-ranked Southern Oregon men’s soccer team didn’t come away empty-handed Friday from Providence (Mont.), settling on a scoreless draw, but the Raiders set themselves up to need a little more Sunday at Carroll (Mont.).
The Raiders (13-2-2 overall, 10-0-2 Cascade Conference) came into the final weekend of the regular season needing four points for the outright CCC title and three to clinch a share. Therefore, the one point they salvaged against the Argos (7-5-3, 6-3-3) puts them in must-win position when they travel to Helena to face the Saints.
Second-place Corban (12-2-1, 9-1-1) had yet to play at the time of publication but will be heavily favored in its matchups this weekend at home against Multnomah and Warner Pacific.
SOU, which has gone 15 games without a loss, ran into a stingy Argos team that is now unbeaten in seven of its last eight games and has tied three of its last four.
Still, the Raiders posted advantages of 17-3 in shots, 5-2 in shots on goal and 7-1 in corner kicks.
The shutout was their fifth in a row and 12th of the season. In nine of those, they’ve needed to make three or fewer saves.
The latest went to Wyatt Zabinksi, who has 10 solo shutouts this year.
Match time for Sunday is slated for 11 a.m. Mountain Time.
PROVIDENCE 2, SOUTHERN OREGON 1: At Great Falls, Mont., Providence ended Southern Oregon’s regular-season championship aspirations, scoring twice in the first half for an upset win at Argo Field.
The Raiders (9-3-3, 7-2-2) needed two wins in the final weekend of the regular season to claim a share of the CCC title. Grace Ibsen put them in a hole in the 36th minute by knocking in an 18-yard free kick, and Eme McLaughlin tallied for the 16th time this season in the 44th with a similarly long shot off Bri Wikert’s assist.
SOU didn’t cut into the lead until the 76th minute, when Maddie Casey’s corner kick set up a Maddy Spangler header. The goal was Spangler’s second and the assist Casey’s second.
The Raiders hadn’t allowed multiple goals in any of their previous seven games. They were out-shot, 16-8, and had to make nine saves compared to Providence’s three.
The Raiders will play Sunday at Carroll, which can capture the CCC co-title with a win. SOU can still earn the No. 2 seed with a win.
SOUTHERN OREGON 3, EVERGREEN 0: At Ashland, the No. 10-ranked Southern Oregon volleyball team posted a .480 attacking average, its highest in six years, and rolled through Evergreen (Wash.) by scores of 25-20, 25-15 and 25-10 at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
The first-place Raiders (22-2, 15-2) did it with 43 kills on 75 swings with only seven errors. Taylor Ristvedt accumulated 12 of them on 19 attacks, Malie Rube had nine on 13, and Dani Johnson added seven without an error in addition to a team-high 13 digs.
SOU entered the night with a .290 attack that ranked fourth in the NAIA on the season. Against the Geoducks (10-16, 8-9) it spiked six points.
The last time the Raiders had such an outing was Sept. 8, 2012 at Concordia, where they hit .490. On that night, they put down 52 kills with only three errors out of 100 attacks.
The Geoducks never led. They got an outstanding effort out of Chloee Hunt, who recorded 12 kills on 19 swings, but in the opening set committed six service errors that neutralized their .357 attack.
That bought the Raiders time to heat up. From set to set, they went from .391 to .483 to. 565. Ristvedt and Makayla Hoyt combined for nine kills on 13 attacks in the second and Malie Rube led the way with five kills on six tries in the third.
Natalie James had 20 assists and Hannah Bogatin 17.
The Raiders will conclude their regular-season home at 5 p.m. tonight against Northwest (Wash.), which was responsible for their first loss of the season.