MEDFORD – The Rogue Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams each tallied on win on Saturday, Oct. 14. The Ospreys women faced Chemeketa Community College at home and got the 2-0 victory behind an assist and goal from Haley Janky. The Ospreys men were on the road in Eugene taking on Lane Community College and earned a 2-0 victory securing a playoff berth for the first time in program history.
The Ospreys (2-6-2, 2-4-2 NWAC) needed a win to keep their playoff hunt alive as they played host to Chemeketa (4-6-3, 2-5-2) on Saturday. The first half was a defensive stalemate as both teams fought through the midfield with limited opportunities. Neither team could find the net and went to the half 0-0.
The Ospreys made some halftime adjustments to the lineup and came out with energy. In the 59th minute, Haley Janky received the ball in the midfield and controlled the ball forward, setting up Logan Billy with a one-on-one shot against the keeper. Billy struck it into the back of the net and the Ospreys went up 1-0. Playing possession with the lead, the Ospreys held fast when in the 88th minute a counter attack opened up and Janky drove down the field striking the ball and finding the back of the net. The match would end with the Ospreys getting the 2-0 win.
“Pleased to get the win today. Building momentum has been a process this season but we sat down as a team and set new goals and benchmarks for the second half of the season and today we checked off a big one,” said coach Rusty Veth. “We aim to keep moving forward and playing better and better soccer. Not just because I expect it of them as their coach but because they expect it of each other and set those goals together.”
There was one yellow card issued during the match: Lara Nuttall (RCC).
The Ospreys are at home again, part two of a three-game stretch, this Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. when they take on Southwestern Oregon Community College (4-5-2, 3-4-1) at U.S. Cellular Community Park field 14. The Ospreys currently sit in 5th place with 8 points in the South Division.
The undefeated Ospreys (7-1-1, 6-0-1 NWAC) were on the road in Eugene taking on the Lane Titans (4-7-0, 2-5-0). Knowing that a win would secure a playoff berth, the Ospreys brought their attack to Lane and in the 12th minute Jose Mendoza set up Alex Bauer for the goal putting the Ospreys up 1-0. They would battle back and forth through the remainder of the half but go in with the Ospreys up 1-0.
The second half continued with intense play as both teams looked for opportunities to score. In the 62nd minute Stenley Graham broke free, driving to the goal and finding the back of the net to put the Ospreys up 2-0. The battle would continue to the final minute but the Ospreys would hold on to get the 2-0 victory. Alex Thornhill collected four saves in his second start and gets his first shutout of the season in the win.
There were six yellow cards issued: Mauricio Sanchez (RCC), Yuito Okazaki (LCC), Sebastian Tovar (RCC), Ian Boozer (LCC), Trenton Anderson (RCC), and Alex Engstrom (LCC).
With the win, the Ospreys secured a playoff berth for the first time in program history. Sitting in first place in the South Division, the men play to win the division in their final three games and earn a first-round BYE and home playoff game. They Ospreys have a BYE this Wednesday and are back in action Saturday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. when they take on Chemeketa Community College (1-6-4, 1-3-3) at U.S. Cellular Community Park field 14.
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