By Tyler Scott, Sports Information Director
The Southern Oregon soccer team heads back out on the road this weekend, visiting Corban in Salem and Northwest Christian in Eugene for a pair of Cascade Collegiate Conference matches.
The Raiders, 4-5-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play this season, will face Corban on Friday at 12 p.m. before taking on Northwest Christian on Monday at 2 p.m.
Southern Oregon defeated Warner Pacific 4-0 on Saturday before a pair of second-half goals gave No. 4 Concordia a comeback victory over the Raiders on Monday. Raider coach Jon Clement saw a lot of positives in the game against the Cavaliers, but looks forward to turning the page and focusing on the rest of the season.
“Now we turn our attention to our road trip this weekend to Salem, where we play Corban, and Northwest Christian,” Clement said. “Both have been difficult games in the past. They both have hardworking teams.”
Corban enters the weekend with a 1-1 conference record, 6-4 overall. The Warriors lost 1-0 to Northwest on Saturday before pulling out a 4-2 victory over Evergreen on Monday. Corban has outscored its opponents 20-14 this season, with Emily Tsugawa and Audrey Sullivan tying for the team lead with five goals each.
The Raiders have struggled against Corban historically, with a 3-17-1 overall mark against the Warriors since SOU began play in 2000. Southern Oregon is 1-2-1 against Corban in the team’s last four meetings, including a pair of 1-0 losses to the Warriors last season.
“They’ve got some good players who are very dangerous, so we know we’re going to have to have a good week of training and focus on them to start with and play the first game and then worry about the second game,” Clement said.
Monday’s contest will be against a Northwest Christian team that has struggled so far this season. The Beacons are 1-8 overall, with their lone win coming over the weekend against Evergreen. Brittany McKinley and Katelyn Partridge each scored a goal in the Beacons’ victory over the Geoducks on Saturday, marking the only two goals the team has scored this season, as NCU has been outscored 19-2 through nine contests.
Southern Oregon has faced Northwest Christian five times since the Beacons joined the CCC in 2006. The Raiders have won each of those matches, compiling a 17-3 scoring advantage over those matches. Last season Denise Powell, Alexis Mahoney, Maddy Scott and Sydney Paulsen each scored in a 4-0 SOU victory over NCU.
Stephanie Carr leads SOU with six goals this season, with Alexis Mahoney (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) and Jacquie Galvez each adding a pair for the Raiders. Southern Oregon has outscored its opponents 18-11 and outshot its opponents 149-77 this season. Jessica Kuehlwein has played more than 863 minutes in goal, giving up 10 goals while making 34 saves for a .773 save percentage.
“I think we’ll be ready to go, and we’re kind of looking forward to the trip,” Clement said.