KIRKLAND, Wash. — Southern Oregon's run at a Cascade Conference men's soccer championship got a little more serious as it rendered another reputable opponent offense-less on Friday afternoon.
The Raiders made the Northwest (Wash.) Eagles their latest victims in a 2-0 victory at NU Athletic Field, going to 8-1 in the CCC with their seventh shutout in conference play. No other team has more than four.
The Eagles (7-4-1 overall, 5-2-1 CCC) had scored 16 times in their previous four games and had yet to be blanked in CCC action when the day began. They mustered three shots on goal, each of which were handled by SOU keeper Wyatt Zabinksi.
The Raiders (8-6 overall) got their lead just two seconds before halftime, when from the left side Kelly Gieber passed to defender Logan Guler for an 8-yard strike that went down as Guler's second go-ahead goal in three games. The assist was Gieber's CCC-leading fifth in conference play.
In the 62nd minute, Esteban Castaneda scored for the second straight game and the fourth time in CCC play, dribbling into an unassisted, 15-yard shot from the left side.
The Raiders built a 16-11 edge in total shots with seven on goal.
At 1 p.m. today, SOU visits The Evergreen State in Olympia, Wash.
At Kirkland, Wash., Southern Oregon was unable to protect its lead Friday at NU Athletic Field, where Northwest University scored twice in the final 15 minutes to win 2-1 in a Cascade Conference match.
The Raiders (7-6 overall, 4-3 CCC) only got off one shot in the second half after amassing nine in the first. Among them was Cassandra Kohler's 16-yard goal in the 31st minute, the first of the freshman's career, thanks to an assist from Misty Martinez.
SOU's lead lasted until the 76th minute, when Katie Michkiosky hooked up Jaclyn Metz with a clear shot from 17 yards out for the equalizer. Four minutes later, Winter Wirkkala connected on a centered shot from the same distance that was set up by Nadine Huff.
The Eagles went to 6-6 and 3-3 in conference play. Their keeper, Kat Sanchez, recorded six of her seven saves before halftime. SOU's Aislinn Waite and Makena Totushek both put two shots on goal.
Raider keeper Hannah Ceciliani also made seven saves.
The Eagles' goals were the first of the season for Metz and Wirkkala.
SOU plays at Evergreen State at 3 p.m. today.
At Springfield, Ashland inched closer to locking up a Class 5A play-in berth Friday by beating Springfield in four sets, 25-15, 25-11, 18-25, 25-22.
The Grizzlies (4-11, 4-7 Midwestern League), who rank sixth in the eight-team MWL, were led by Grace Angermeier's 33 assists, 10 digs and four kills, while Alex Crane added 18 kills and five blocks and Sydney Philpott 15 digs and eight aces. Lili Smith added five kills.
If the Grizzlies can hold off seventh-place Eagle Point, they will travel for a play-in match on or before Oct. 24.
Springfield (0-13, 0-11) remained winless.