SOU held to a draw against Northwest

Heading into Friday’s game against Northwest, the Southern Oregon soccer team was a game away from tying a record for most wins in a season.

The Raiders also had an opportunity to build off of receiving votes for the NAIA Top 25 for the first time ever.

SOU opened up the first half with two shots on the Northwest goal by Denise Powell that just hit the cross-bar and another shot by Ashton Griffen that was saved by Northwest. Both shots came within two minutes of the start of the game.

Despite having two fouls early on, the Raiders continued to dominate against the Eagles as they held their opponents to just one shot all half.

The first half ended with the game tied at 0-0.

Coming out from half-time, the Raiders broke the tie off of Stephanie Carr’s goal in the 46th minute. It was her eighth goal of the season. Sara Switzer was awarded with the assist on the goal.

The Eagles answered back with a goal of their own to tie it up at the 74th minute. The goal was one of the eight shots on the half for the Eagles.

As regulation was winding down, Northwest had two opportunities to break the tie. They first had a header that just went wide right. The second, Northwest had the ball during the 89th minute, and took a shot at the SOU goal and which was saved by goalkeeper, Jessica Kuehlwein.

Kuehlwein’s save ensured that the teams stayed level as the game headed into overtime.

The first overtime period saw the Raiders follow an offsides call with a shot by Switzer and another by Alyssa Bricker. Both shots didn’t connect as Southern Oregon also managed to prevent the Eagles from shooting a single shot at the goal during the period as the game entered a second overtime period.

The Raiders opened up the second overtime period with a shot by Powell in the 101st minute, followed by another shot from Carr in the 104th minute. Both shots were saved by Northwest.

The 106th minute had Northwest setting up and hitting a head-shot attempt that was saved by Kuehlwein. The shot happened to be the last shot of the day as the game finished in a tie at 1-1.

Southern Oregon finished with 17 shots on the goal compared to Northwest’s 10 shots. Carr, Powell, and Bricker all had three shots with Carr having the only goal for SOU. Kuehlwein had seven saves.

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