The Rogue Community College Ospreys women’s and men’s soccer teams were in action in back-to-back matches against Clark College on Saturday, Sept. 30, at U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford. The Ospreys women dropped their match 4-0 to the Penguins, while the Ospreys men picked up a 2-0 victory to take sole possession of the No. 1 seat in Northwest Athletic Conference South Division. The Ospreys men remain undefeated in conference play.
The Ospreys (0-5-2, 0-3-2 NWAC) found themselves falling back on defense Saturday as the Clark Penguins (7-2-0, 6-0-0) mounted an offensive attack that would pile up 22 shots on goal. A strong defense coming out in the first half forced a tough battle that led to a penalty kick in the 20th minute as Rogue’s Logan Billy collected a yellow card for a foul in the box. Maddie Topaum converted the PK for Clark. As play continued on the Ospreys’ half, Bailee McMahon sent one across in the 31st minute and Rylee MacDonald put it into the net. The Ospreys went into the half down 2-0.
The second half continued to test the Ospreys defense. Early in the second half, MacDonald served one up and Topaum converted her second goal of the match. In the 62nd minute, a corner kick led to a scramble in front of the net and Clark’s Facienne Graham cleaned it up and put in the final goal of the day. The Ospreys fought hard on defense against 32 total shots with 22 on goal. Goalkeeper Lilly Barrett had 16 saves on the day while allowing 4 goals leading to a 4-0 defeat.
There were two yellow cards issued during the match: Logan Billy (RCC), Julie Williams (Clark)
The Ospreys women find themselves on the road this week as they travel to Hillsboro to take on the Portland Community College Panthers (0-6-0, 0-3-0) Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. They currently sit in sixth place in the South Division with 2 points.
The Ospreys (5-1-0, 4-0-0 NWAC) started the day in first place in the South Division by tiebreaker and ended it with sole possession after their 2-0 triumph over the second ranked Clark Penguins (3-5-0, 3-2-0). It was a back-and-forth chess match for much of the first half, with both teams fighting hard for position and taking advantage of the limited opportunities that would come on the day. In the 34th minute, the Ospreys were on attack and after a deflected ball bounced back in front of the goal Sebastian Tovar flew in and cleaned it up with a toe flick into the back corner of the goal. The Ospreys went into the half up 1-0.
The second half matched the intensity of the first as both teams once again applied pressure and defended their half. The importance of this game was understood. In the 54th minute, after making one of five saves on the day and collecting his third shutout of the season, Ospreys goalkeeper Darrin DeGroot booted the ball deep across the midline and Stenley Graham chased it down, striking in the second goal of the match and sealing the victory. The Ospreys picked up their fourth win of the season and remain undefeated in conference play.
The Ospreys are at home again this week as they look to sweep the season series against the Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers (2-4-2, 0-4-1). They play at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at U.S. Cellular Community Park field 10 in Medford. The Ospreys now sit in first place in the South Division with 12 points.
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Darren Van Lehn