KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. --- The Oregon Tech soccer teams split a double-header with Warner Pacific on Saturday in Klamath Falls. The Tech women (3-0, 1-0 CCC) had an easy day and beat Pacific (1-2, 0-1 CCC), 4-0. The Tech men (2-2, 0-1 CCC) were shocked by a goal from Warner Pacific (5-0, 1-0 CCC) in the first 13 seconds of the game. That would be the lone goal of the game and Pacific won, 1-0.
The women's game was all Oregon Tech from the very start.
Freshman Mehana Ortiz got the opening goal in the 21st minute. That goal was assisted by Nyah Kendall.
Moments before the half, in the 43rd minute, Maddie Miller connected on what looked to be a broken play. Miller took a ball that had bounced around a couple of players and then landed about 18 yards out. Miller chipped it over the keeper and extended the lead to 2-0.
Kendall didn't need any assisting to start the 2nd half. Kendall took a loose ball near the OIT box and went coast-to-coast, split three defenders, and scored a goal all on her own. The goal showed the incredible speed that the sophomore can showcase when she chooses to.
The final goal of the game definitely had a "grand finale" feel to it. With just under a minute left in the game, back-up goal keeper Halle Adair was in the perfect spot. A corner that came off the head of Mikayla Titus landed right in front of the goalie. Adair was there and used a spinning right foot to put it into the corner of the net.
The goal felt even more special because of the reaction that the rest of the Owls gave to it.
"We just thought it was so cool. That is what we want for players that don't get to play on the field," said Kendall. "Just that moment of her scoring, we were like 'Oh my gosh!' It is just really cool to see a teammate score like that."
The fact that Adair is a freshman may have been what got Mehana Ortiz amped.
"I am pretty sure I am going to lose my voice because we were all screaming," said Ortiz. "We are really proud of her. It was nice. It was cool."
For Adair herself, it was just as sudden as it was to everyone else.
"It was awesome," said Adair. "At first I was like 'Did that just go in?' Then they were like, 'Ahh!' And I was like, 'Yeah!' But it is just nice to know you have everyone behind you."
The Tech men suffered a shocking start to the game. Warner Pacific took the opening kick and put the ball in the air. Arturo Bahena scored on the Owls in just 13 seconds.
After that, the Owls actually played the better game of the two. OIT had more shots, corner kicks, and saves. Ultimately, the Owls never recovered from the first 13 seconds of the game.
"We just made a big mistake to start the game and I think that really, in the end, it cost us the game," said head coach Casey Tate. "But I thought again, the way we played was fine. We created a lot of chances. We just didn't score."
Both teams will be back in action against Warner Pacific on Monday. You can tune into NewsWatch 12 at 6 and 11 for coverage.