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Raiders top OIT, move on at CCC tourney

SPRINGFIELD — The Southern Oregon men’s soccer team’s first game of the postseason, a 1-0 win over Oregon Tech on Wednesday night at the Willamalane Sports Complex, didn’t look all that different from the 14th-ranked Raiders’ last two months of work.

Especially on paper. The top-seeded Raiders (15-2-2) eliminated the No. 8-seeded Owls (7-9-2) in the quarterfinal round of the Cascade Conference Championships presented by U.S. Bank with their 13th shutout of the season, limiting OIT to one shot on goal, and got the game-winning goal from Yan Pessoa de Oliveira in the 49th minute.

Neither team recorded a shot on goal in the first half, but used a set piece SOU to gain the advantage. Off a Luis Aguilar corner kick, Pessoa de Oliveira headed in his fifth score of the season, and Aguilar got his fourth assist.

The Owls played a man down after GeRysand Cabanilla attracted a red card 27 minutes into the contest. Frustrations boiled over with two minutes to play when his teammate, Brennan Gazdik, was also shown the exit.

The Owls are 0-5 all-time against the Raiders and have been shut out in the last four matchups. They wrapped up at 7-9-2 overall.

SOU will play a semifinal game at 7 p.m. tonight against No. 7 seed Carroll (Mont.), which upset second-seeded Corban in overtime, 3-2. The other two semifinals had yet to be completed at the time of publication.

The Raiders, now unbeaten in 17 consecutive games, defeated Carroll last week in Helena, 3-1. The Saints became the first CCC team to take a lead against SOU, but the Raiders stormed back with three unanswered second-half goals to clinch the regular-season title.

The Raiders have still yet to concede a goal when playing with the lead against a CCC opponent.

Women’s Soccer

NORTHWEST (WASH.) 2, SOUTHERN OREGON 0: At Springfield, the Northwest (Wash.) women’s soccer team ended Southern Oregon’s season in the quarterfinal round of the Cascade Conference Championships presented by U.S. Bank at the Willamalane Sports Complex.

The No. 5-seeded Eagles (9-8-2 overall) took control with two first-half goals. Katie Michkiosky scored her league-leading 19th goal in the 18th minute from 18 yards out, taking an assist from Sharaya Roberts, and Rylee Rassier struck in the 30th minute with an assist from Bailey Travis.

SOU, the No. 4 seed, finished up at 9-5-3 overall. It was the team’s third straight winning season.

The Raiders were out-shot, 8-5, and only put two shots on goal against keeper Kat Sanchez. SOU’s Kailey Lemon made four saves.

NU and SOU tied their regular-season game, 1-1 at Raider Stadium, but the Eagles have won three consecutive matchups in the postseason.

The game was the last in the careers of five Raider seniors: Daisy Cervantes, Macaylea Mitchell, Simone Schroder, Maddy Spangler and Makena Totushek.

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