Southern Oregon did not allow a single shot as the Raiders shut out Evergreen 1-0 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s soccer opener for both teams Friday afternoon at University Field.
Southern Oregon improves to 5-3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while Evergreen falls to 0-5-1 overall and 0-1 in the CCC. Both teams return to action Sunday, with the Raiders hosting Northwest at University Field at 12 p.m. and the Geoducks heading to Klamath Falls to face Oregon Tech.
“It’s great to start conference play with a comprehensive win and particularly nice to hold the other team without a shot for the full 90 minutes,” SOU head coach Jon Clement said.
The match remained scoreless throughout the first half, though not for lack of pressure from the SOU offense. Southern Oregon finished the half with 12 shots, forcing Evergreen goalkeeper Lauren Davidson to make four saves to keep it 0-0 into halftime.
Southern Oregon jumped on the board less than four minutes into the second period when Danielle Stave sent a corner kick to Stephanie Carr in front of the goal, and Carr headed it into the net for her eighth goal of the season. The senior forward now has 31 career goals, one shy of tying SOU’s career record.
The Raiders had a couple chances to add to their lead later in the period, but Davidson tallied four more saves in the second half to finish with eight in the match. Southern Oregon outshot Evergreen 26-0 overall and finished with 10 corner kicks to none for the Geoducks.
“I still think we have some shape issues to tweak a bit and refine, but for the most part we had the ball for a large portion of the game and had any number of good chances, so obviously finishing with a bit more decisiveness would be nice,” Clement said. “Still, all in all, a terrific shutout win and we’ll hope to build on this for Sunday.”