Ospreys Soccer Bring Home All Star Honors
The Rogue Community College (RCC) women’s soccer team earned post-season accolades for a stellar sophomore program effort. Head coach Rusty Veth was named South-West Region Coach of the Year by the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) for bringing Rogue from a 0-11-1 record in their inaugural season to a 5-6-1 mark this season, missing a playoff berth by only one game during their second year of NWAC play.
Freshman goalkeeper Alycea Jones was voted to the NWAC All-Star team after recording five shutouts, 106 saves, and only allowing 27 goals this season. The Crater High School graduate started every game and played every second of Rogue’s 14-match schedule in goal without injury. Jones will share keeper duties this weekend during the NWAC All-Star match 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Seattle.
“I'm extremely honored and feel like this title is a true testament to the players I was fortunate enough to coach this season,” said Coach Veth of his NWAC Coach of the Year honors. “They make me look good. The progress that we have made from the first season to the second just goes to show what happens when you work hard, stay humble, lead from the front, and have a clear vision that inspires others. I am a little disappointed that we didn't get more players on the All-Star team because so many of them do deserve to be there but I'm over the moon with joy for Alycea Jones because she earned it with her attitude, stats, and progress made this season.”
Rogue men’s soccer standout freshman forward, Brandon Sauceda will also see some action this weekend as he was named to the All-Star team and tabbed as the South Region MVP along with Southwestern Oregon Community College player Kyle Weller. Sauceda, a Chico, California import sits second in the NWAC with 19 goals and two assists for the Ospreys. The NWAC men’s All Star match begins at Noon at Starfire Sports Complex in Seattle.
Cross Country Records Solid Times in Prep for NWAC Championship Meet
The RCC cross country team finished strong with some top 10 finishes during the NWAC Southern Region Championships at Clackamas Community College Saturday, October 28. Freshman Mallory Ward finished third in the women’s 5k with a time of 19:01.0. Sophomore Alex Bachtell recorded a time of 21:26.3 to place 18th and round out the pair’s efforts.
The men’s team placed 5th in the 8K as they were anchored by sophomore Salvador Salinas when he finished fifth with a time of 25.57.8. Devon Rodman rounded out the top spots for the Ospreys with a 19th place showing with a 27:09.1.
“They all ran really well together. It was good to see some top 10 finishes on both sides. We placed 5th last year as well but we look much better as whole this year,” said RCC cross country head coach Cole Watson. “I'm confident we'll finish higher up in the team standings than we did at last year’s conference championships.”
The Ospreys will cap the season Saturday at the NWAC Championship Meet in Lacey, Washington at St. Martin’s University.