Playoff positioning on the line for SOU

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon women's soccer team will be playing for a Cascade Conference postseason berth and postseason positioning with a pair of regular-season matches this weekend.

The Raiders (11-3-2, 5-1-1) hit the road for road matches at NAIA top-ranked Concordia (14-0-2, 6-0-1) Friday afternoon and Warner Pacific (2-10-2, 1-6) Saturday.

Southern Oregon currently sits in second place in the conference standings with 16 points. Concordia is first with 19 points, while Corban and College of Idaho are tied for third and fourth with 15 points. Oregon Tech and Eastern Oregon are on the outside looking in for the four-team postseason tournament with 12 points apiece.

Finishing in either first or second would give the Raiders a home semifinal match on Nov. 6.

SOU WOMEN MOVE UP — The Southern Oregon women's cross country team continued to make history, moving up to No. 8 in this week's NAIA Top 25 poll.

The No. 8 national ranking marks the highest in school history. Southern Oregon moved up from No. 11 last week after winning the Oregon State Beaver Classic.

Southern Oregon is one of four Cascade Conference teams in the Top 25 on the women's side. College of Idaho is sixth, followed by SOU at No. 8, Eastern Oregon at No. 17 and Concordia at No. 21.

The SOU men continued to hold down the top spot in the men's Top 25 poll. Southern Oregon received 648 votes and 19 first place votes after also winning the Oregon State Beaver Classic. Shawnee State, Wayland Baptist and Malone are still ranked second through fourth this week.

RAIDERS STAY AT NO. 17 — The Southern Oregon volleyball team held onto its No. 17 national ranking this week as the team gets ready for the final road trip of the regular season.

The Raiders (16-3, 13-1) travel to Corban (9-8, 7-8) Friday night and Northwest Christian (7-17, 2-13) Saturday afternoon.

Southern Oregon and College of Idaho continue to share the top spot in the conference standings, with SOU owning a three-set lead. College of Idaho still remained higher in the NAIA Top 25 at No. 13.

The winner of the regular season will host the Cascade Conference postseason tournament Nov. 12-13.

After this weekend's matches, the Raiders will return home next week to close out the regular season against Evergreen State and Northwest.

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