The Southern Oregon womenâ€™s soccer team was unable to continue their record-setting season as they fell to Corban 1-0 in the Cascade Conference semifinals this Saturday. The game was their first post-season appearance in the past two years.
The loss ended the Raidersâ€™ season in which they posted a 12-5-2 overall record and received votes in the NAIA Top 25 Poll for the first time in the programâ€™s history.
The Raiders do a have a small outside chance of participating in the NAIA National Tournament.Â Southern Oregon is currently ranked at 35. The national tournament only takes the top 32 teams.
The teams were evenly matched for the first half of the game, but unfortunately it was Corban who broke the deadlock in the second half through freshman Tera McDonoughâ€™s 48th goal.
â€œWe had a good start,” said head coach Jon Clement. “But Corban changed the tempo and we made a mistake to start the second half and they took advantage of it and scored a goal.â€
With plenty of time left to find the equalizer, Southern Oregon simply could not find a way past the Corban defense and in the end had to settle for a disappointing loss.
â€œI’m happy with the season, but I think we are all kind of disappointed with the outcome today,â€ Clement said.
Goalkeeper Jessica Kuehlwein was the hero for the Raiders making five top saves to make sure that Southern Oregon still had a fighting chance to draw level.
On attack, Corban led the match with total shots at 16 with six of those on target.Â Â Southern Oregon recorded 10 total shots during the match with one on target.