SPRINGFIELD — Southern Oregon’s first game of the men’s soccer postseason, a 1-0 win over Oregon Tech on Wednesday night at the Willamalane Sports Complex, didn’t look all that different from the 14th-ranked Raiders’ last two months of work — and that was a good thing.
The top-seeded Raiders (15-2-2) eliminated the No. 8-seeded Owls (7-9-2) in the quarterfinal round of the Cascade Conference Championships with their 13th shutout of the season, limiting OIT to one shot on goal, and got the game-winning goal from Yan Pessoa de Oliveira in the 49th minute.
Neither team recorded a shot on goal in the first half, but SOU used a set piece to gain the advantage. Off a Luis Aguilar corner kick, Pessoa de Oliveira headed in his fifth score of the season, and Aguilar got his fourth assist.
The Owls played a man down after GeRysand Cabanilla attracted a red card 27 minutes into the contest. Frustrations boiled over with two minutes to play when his teammate, Brennan Gazdik, was also shown the exit.
The Owls are 0-5 all-time against the Raiders and have been shut out in the last four matchups. They wrapped up at 7-9-2 overall.
SOU will play a semifinal game at 7 p.m. Thursday against No. 7 seed Carroll (Mont.), which upset second-seeded Corban in overtime, 3-2. The other two semifinals had yet to be played at the time of publication.
The Raiders, now unbeaten in 17 consecutive games, defeated Carroll last week in Helena, 3-1. The Saints became the first CCC team to take a lead against SOU, but the Raiders stormed back with three unanswered second-half goals to clinch the regular-season title.
The Raiders have still yet to concede a goal when playing with the lead against a CCC opponent.
NORTHWEST 2, SOU 0: At Springfield, Northwest (Wash.) ended Southern Oregon’s season in the quarterfinal round of the Cascade Conference Championships at the Willamalane Sports Complex.
The No. 5-seeded Eagles (9-8-2 overall) took control with two first-half goals. Katie Michkiosky scored her league-leading 19th goal in the 18th minute from 18 yards out, taking an assist from Sharaya Roberts, and Rylee Rassier struck in the 30th minute with an assist from Bailey Travis.
SOU, the No. 4 seed, finished up at 9-5-3 overall. It was the team’s third straight winning season.
The Raiders were outshot, 8-5, and only put two shots on goal against keeper Kat Sanchez. SOU’s Kailey Lemon made four saves.
MENLO MATCH MOVED: Due to a conflict with the Cascade Conference Championships in volleyball, Southern Oregon has moved up its dual meet in women’s wrestling and men’s wrestling with Menlo to tonight at Riehm Arena. The women’s dual will begin at 6 p.m., with the men’s dual starting around 7.
Menlo is ranked fifth and SOU eighth in women’s wrestling by The WCWA.
On the men’s side, Menlo brings a No. 5 ranking to Ashland while the Raiders are unranked for the first time in head coach Mike Ritchey’s tenure.