MEDFORD – The Rogue Community College Ospreys women’s and men’s teams were in action Saturday, Oct. 21, in back-to-back games of Northwest Athletic Conference play. The women took on Clackamas Community College and earned a 1-1 decision, which eliminated Rogue from the playoff hunt. The men faced Chemeketa Community College and, in a 2-0 decision, lost their first game of the regular season.
The Ospreys (3-6-3, 3-4-3 NWAC) needed to continue their two-game win streak to maintain the playoff pursuit as they squared off Saturday against Clackamas (8-3-3, 6-2-3). The Ospreys played a complete game from wire to wire, leading to a back-and-forth stalemate in the first half as neither team could connect on their opportunities.
Coming out in the second half, Clackamas applied the pressure and Eileen Reyna connected on a shot to put the Cougars up 1-0 in the 55th minute. In the 75th minutes, the Ospreys went on an offensive attack ad Krystal Van Dyke found Haley Janky who connected on the equalizer to tie the match 1-1. Neither team took the advantage in the final minutes, ending the match in a 1-1 draw. Goalkeeper Lilly Barrett collected 12 saves while allowing the single goal.
Coach Rusty Veth said, “They played for each other, never hung their heads, were great sports and, at the end of it all, they were able to say they had fun. The result was a tie, but if you look at the history this season, that team had put the most goals in on us and I don't think they were ready for the Rogue way which we are seeing more and more each season that I've been here building this program; we have grit and fight at the end of the season when others get complacent. We build momentum. We prepare meticulously. I can say with clear eyes and a full heart how proud I am of this group and the body of work they put together today. There isn't a person today who didn't have her head on straight and focus on the task at hand and the energy from everyone was palpable. I'm honored to coach them.”
The draw eliminates the Ospreys from the playoff hunt as they remain in fourth but fall nine points behind third with only six points attainable in the final week of South Division play. The Ospreys are in action again this Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. when they travel to Clark College (11-2-1, 10-0-1). They finish out the season Saturday, Oct. 28, at home when they take on Portland Community College (0-13-0, 0-10-0) at 3 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Community Park field 14.
The Ospreys (7-2-1, 6-1-1 NWAC) looked to keep a strong hold on first place in the division as they took on Chemeketa (2-7-4, 2-4-3) at home Saturday. While many opportunities came on the day, the Ospreys were unable to find the net. In the 43rd minute, Chemeketa’s Jonathan Medel crossed the ball into Jack Cuevas who connected to put the Storm up 1-0 at the half.
The intensity of the match increased in the second half as six of the eight yellow cards were handed out while both teams battled each other. Opportunities came but again the Ospreys couldn’t capitalize and, in the 89th minute, in a scrum in front of the net SanSan Joel Kambou cleaned it up putting Chemeketa up 2-0 and ending the match.
There were eight yellow cards issued: Oscar Rosos (CCC), Maruricio Sanchez (RCC), Jose Mendoza (RCC), Jonathan Medel (CCC), Ismael Carrillo (CCC), Alejandro Velazquez (RCC), SanSan Joel Kambou (CCC), and Abner Carrillo (CCC).
The Ospreys’ loss drops them to second place in the NWAC South Division, trailing Portland Community College by 1 point. On Friday, the Ospreys were ranked fifth overall in the NWAC coaches poll, moving up two notches from No. 7 in the Oct. 6 rankings.
The Ospreys are on the road Wednesday, Oct. 25, when they take on Clark College (4-7-1, 4-4-1) at 4 p.m. The Ospreys finish the season at home Saturday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. against Portland Community College (8-1-2, 6-0-2) at U.S. Cellular Community Park field 14.
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