Southern Oregon did not allow a single shot in a 1-0 shutout of Evergreen in the Cascade Collegiate Conference women's soccer opener for both teams Friday afternoon at University Field.
Southern Oregon improved to 5-3-1 overall, while Evergreen fell to 0-5-1. Both teams return to action Sunday, with the Raiders hosting Northwest at University Field at 12 p.m. and the Geoducks heading to Klamath Falls to face Oregon Tech.
"It's great to start conference play with a comprehensive win and particularly nice to hold the other team without a shot for the full 90 minutes," SOU head coach Jon Clement said.
The match remained scoreless throughout the first half, though not for lack of pressure from the SOU offense. Southern Oregon finished the half with 12 shots, forcing Evergreen goalkeeper Lauren Davidson to make four saves to keep it scoreless at the half.
Southern Oregon jumped on the board less than four minutes into the second period when Danielle Stave sent a corner kick to Stephanie Carr in front of the goal, and Carr headed it into the net for her eighth goal of the season. The senior forward now has 31 career goals, one shy of tying SOU's career record.
The Raiders had a couple chances to add to their lead later in the period, but Davidson tallied four more saves in the second half to finish with eight in the match. Southern Oregon outshot Evergreen 26-0 overall and finished with 10 corner kicks to none for the Geoducks.
"I still think we have some shape issues to tweak a bit and refine, but for the most part we had the ball for a large portion of the game and had any number of good chances, so obviously finishing with a bit more decisiveness would be nice," Clement said. "Still, all in all, a terrific shutout win and we'll hope to build on this for Sunday."
Southern Oregon hit .393 with only seven total errors to defeat Northwest Christian in straight sets, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16 in a Cascade Collegiate Conference volleyball match Friday night at Bob Riehm Arena.
Southern Oregon improved to 11-7 overall and 7-1 in conference play, while Northwest Christian fell to 10-8 overall and 3-5 in the CCC. Both teams return to action today, with SOU hosting Corban and NCU visiting Oregon Tech at 7 p.m.
Natalie Scheller finished with a match-high 16 kills and an incredible .652 attack percentage, while Haley Kasler added nine kills on a .429 attack percentage and Nikki Keller finished with eight kills on a .700 attack percentage and five blocks. Tami Brown led Northwest Christian with 14 kills.
The Raiders hit .571 as a team in the opening set, compiling 17 kills with only one attack error as they built a 17-6 lead and earned the 25-15 set victory. The second set was much closer, featuring seven tie scores, four lead changes and an SOU comeback from eight points down.
Northwest Christian used a 9-1 run midway through the second game to take a 17-9 lead. After SOU scored the next four and the Beacons tallied a pair, a kill by Scheller sparked a nine-point streak that gave the Raiders a 22-19 advantage. Southern Oregon completed the comeback with two more kills by Scheller and a Katie Thompson service ace to clinch the 25-21 set win.
Southern Oregon took an early 12-5 lead in the final set. Northwest Christian scored the next four points to draw within three, but the Raiders pulled away to earn the set and match victory on a Jordan Crossley kill.
The Raiders finished with 42 kills, while Northwest Christian tallied 39 kills with 15 errors for a .233 team attack percentage. Southern Oregon added nine blocks to only one for the Beacons as SOU earned its 12th straight victory over NCU.