Southern Oregon women shut down Western Oregon

Denise Powell scored her fourth goal of the season as Southern Oregon scored a 1-0 overtime victory over NCAA Division II Western Oregon Saturday in Monmouth.

The Raiders are now 2-5-1 overall and Western Oregon dropped to 1-5-3. The Raiders open up Cascade Conference play Friday at 1 p.m. when they host Oregon Tech.

"We showed a lot of great resolve," SOU head coach Jon Clement said. "The team did a really good job of putting Friday's loss behind us. We had a sharp practice last night and for a long time today we were very good."

After going through regulation and the first overtime scoreless, the Raiders put an end to the match less than two minutes into the second overtime period.

Powell, who had two shots on goal during the match, beat Western goalie Brittney Rigtrup to a loose ball and then buried it into the empty net to give the Raiders the victory.

SOU finished the match with 12 shots and six shots on goal. SOU keeper Jessica Kuehlwein finished the game with six saves.

Cross Country

At Arcata, Calif., the ninth-ranked Southern Oregon men's cross country team picked up right where it left off last year by winning Saturday's Humboldt State Invitational.

The Raiders finished with 21 points to defeat NCAA Division II Humboldt State (34). On the women's side, Humboldt took a 22-35 victory over the Raiders.

"I'm really happy with the results," SOU head coach Brent Ericksen said. "This was a really tough course. I don't think we will see a harder course this year."

On the men's side, the Raiders took five of the top seven spots.

David Laney won the individual title with a time of 25 minutes, 23 seconds and edged teammate Chris Paterson by nine seconds.

Ryan Sorenson (25:46), Zach Elliott (25:49) and Ryan Ghelfi (25:50) finished fifth through seventh.

"I was very impressed with how we ran in a pack," Ericksen said. "The top five were all together until the four-mile mark. We still need to work on our sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth runners."

On the women's side, Ericksen was pleased how the Raiders ran in their first team race in more than a year.

"The course had a lot of hills, but I think as a team the women ran really well," Ericksen said.

Seena Frantz finished second in a time of 23:39, trailing only Humboldt's Megan Rolland at 23:32.

Anya Martinez finished fifth in 24:36 and Kristen Juveland was seventh (25:06). Tara Krempley was 10th (25:35) and Lauri Stoutenburgh finished 10th (25:53).

Women's Volleyball

Leah Bergstrom and Chelse a Hartman combined for 19 kills and only one error as18th-ranked Southern Oregon cruised to a 25-18, 25-12, 25-16 victory over Evergreen State Saturday night at McNeal Pavilion.

Bergstrom finished with a match-high 10 kills and just one error. Hartman had nine kills and no errors. Angela Spieker added 18 assists and Caryn Westrick finished with 12.

Defensively, the Raiders held Evergreen to a .000 attack percentage with 24 kills and 24 errors.

In the final set, the Raiders jumped out to a 7-3 lead and then cruised to victory, forcing the Geoducks into a -.115 attack percentage.

The Raiders are now 11-2 overall and 5-1 in Cascade Conference play. Evergreen dropped to 1-12 overall and 1-4 in conference action.

Southern Oregon travels to Northwest Christian and Corban next weekend.

Girls Soccer

At Bend, Ashland failed to capitalize on some early scoring opportunities and fell behind 2-0 at halftime in a 4-0 loss to Mountain View on Saturday.The Grizzlies (0-5) received good play in the midfield from Kai Yearsley.

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