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SOU Soccer teams sweep home openers

For the first time in a year and a half, the SOU soccer teams were back at Raider Stadium on Saturday. They were not there to practice. They were there to play matches. In those matches, both the SOU men and women scored victories in their home openers against Bushnell.

Posted: Mar 14, 2021 9:00 PM

ASHLAND, Ore--- For the first time in a year and a half, the SOU soccer teams were back at Raider Stadium on Saturday. They were not there to practice. They were there to play matches. In those matches, both the SOU men and women scored victories in their home openers against Bushnell.

Women:

The Southern Oregon Women (1-1-1) beat Bushenll (0-6), 4-0, in dominating fashion. 

Aside from Sarah Mauk, Madison Childers, Kiani Pandoliano, and Natalie Paul all scoring goals, SOU took 32 shots in the match. 15 of those shots were on goal. That is compared to Bushnell's three total and two on goal. 

Southern Oregon also dominated in the chances that were created. SOU was awarded seven corner kicks in the match. Bushnell did not take a single one.

"I think today we just connected really well," said Childers. "We played each other's feet and we worked for each other. I think our runs up top were really dynamic."

Even in such a dominating win, the Raiders still feel that they can come out more aggressive for their match with the Beacons on Monday. 

"We have to be physically stronger so that we don't get injured and hurt in some of these situations," said SOU head coach Jenni Rosenburg. "Just really be our creative selves, get off the ball, move the ball a bit quicker, things of that nature."

Rosenburg is surely referring to two injuries that were both very scary moments. 

In the first half, SOU's Hannah Eakins collided with a Beacon while chasing the ball and immediately fell to the ground. Upon hitting the ground, she could be heard saying, "I hurt my knee. I hurt my knee." Eakins was helped off the field but struggled to put power on the leg. Then, she was carted to the locker room. Rosenburg told NewsWatch 12 Sports that Eakins had been taken to an urgent care to have the leg checked on but she was not sure how it was going.

Eakins was not the only Raider taken to an urgent care during the match. With 25 minutes left in the game, Malaika Quigley took a cleat to the face off a high kick from a Bushnell player. Rosenburg told NewsWatch 12 Sports that Quigley had been taken to an urgent care to receiver stitches on her nose. 

Madison Childers echoed the game plan to be more aggressive out of the gate. 

"I think just going into tackles harder tomorrow and just playing our own game. I think they are beatable again."

Men:

A 2-0 victory for the SOU Men (1-0) may not reflect how dominating the victory really was. The story of the day for the Raiders was getting a lot of chances and just not finding the net. 

In total, the Raiders took 29 shots compared to Bushnell's (0-5) four. 12 of the SOU shots were on goal. 

As the day went on, those chances started to take a toll on the Bushnell defense. In the 58th minute, SOU's Sam Walker broke away from the pack and found himself right in front of Bushnell's keeper, Julian Hernandez. Hernandez attempted to close in on the shot and Walker managed to scoot the ball around him. As Walker was moving past Hernandez, Hernandez reached up and pulled Walker to the ground. Hernandez received a red card for the maneuver. 

Moments later, SOU's Alan Gaytan took the penalty kick and put it in the left corner. SOU took a 1-0 lead off the penalty kick. 

After that, SOU took a string of corner kicks, part of its 14 total in the match, but none of them found the net. 

"I thought overall we kept a lot of possession today," said SOU head coach Davie Carmichael. "We were very patient in possession. Almost too patient at times. We did create a lot of chances today but I think the percentage of taking those chances has to be higher."

As the final minutes dwindled down, Bushnell entered desperation mode. As the Beacons did that, Southern Oregon turned on the gas. With 50 seconds left, Moises Hernandez slipped one past the keeper and SOU took a 2-0 lead. 

That is how the game would end. 

Up next:

Because the Cascade Collegiate Conference teams are playing each other in back-to-back days in the postponed 2020 season, SOU and Bushnell are slated to play again on Monday. Both matches will be at Raider Stadium. Once again, the women will play at 1 p.m. and the men will play at 3:30 p.m.

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