The Southern Oregon University men’s soccer team and defender Michael Miller collected Cascade Collegiate Conference weekly awards Monday following a perfect start in loop play.
The Raiders (5-2, 2-0 CCC) were named the CCC Under Armour Team of the Week for winning their fourth and fifth consecutive matches - a 2-0 upset of No. 9-ranked Rocky Mountain (Mont.) in Friday’s matchup of last year’s co-champions, and a 1-0 defeat of College of Idaho on Sunday at Raider Stadium.
Miller, a junior from Fresno, Calif., was voted the CCC Defensive Player of the Week after the Raiders turned in two clean sheets and yielded a combined two shots on goal over the weekend. Against C of I, he also had the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 49th minute, which marked the first goal of his career. Miller set up the penalty kick, too, with a long pass from midfield into the box that resulted in a collision with the Yotes’ keeper, who was assessed a yellow card.
The Raiders have shut out four opponents in a row heading into this weekend’s road games, Friday at Eastern Oregon and Sunday at Walla Walla. They were one of three CCC teams to make it out of the opening weekend with six points.
The 28th annual Lithia/Raider Club Golf Shootout turned in another record outing last Thursday, bringing in over $450,000 to SOU student-athletes.
The tournament, held at the Rogue Valley Country Club in Medford, featured 54 fivesomes and sponsors. This year a record 24 companies reached out as Major Sponsors, with each contributing $12,500 to the event.
The Major Sponsors included Lithia Motors, The Partners Group, CARFAX, Cars.com, Edmunds, Wells Fargo, US Bank Dealer Services, PermaPlate, Chrysler Capital, MAXDigital, JP Morgan Chase, Cox Auto, Toyota Financial, CDK Global, Enterprise, Axalta Coating Systems, TD Auto Finance, Assurant, Ally, American Credit Acceptance, Exxonmobile, ELeads1, Central States and Autopoint.
Since 2012, the event has doubled in funds raised for SOU Athletics and has raised nearly $2.5 million in that time frame.