VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Rogue Community College Ospreys were on the road Wednesday, Oct. 25, taking on Clark College in simultaneous games at the Harmony Sport Complex. The men finished in a 0-0 draw, setting up a South Division Championship match between the Ospreys and Portland Community College on Saturday. The Ospreys women fell to Clark 2-0.
The Ospreys (7-2-2, 6-1-2 NWAC) on Wednesday continued their push for the South Division championship in Northwest Athletic Conference play against Clark (4-7-2, 4-4-2). The game proved to be a battle of defense as both sides had opportunities – the Ospreys led the shot count 15-9 – but neither team could find the net and ended in a 0-0 draw. Goalkeeper Alex Thornhill collected his second clean sheet in his fourth start.
Coach Greg Millick said after the match, “The final result really doesn’t show the work they put in today. We had great offensive opportunities and led in shots but were unable to finish. They played a great second half, one of the best all season. It was great to watch. We wanted a win but it was important to get that point today and sets us up for a big game against PCC.”
The draw sets up a South Division championship match this Saturday, Oct 28., at 3 p.m. in Medford at U.S. Cellular Community Park field 14 against Portland Community College (9-1-2, 7-0-2). With a win the Ospreys claim first place, the division title and a first round BYE in the playoffs which begin Nov. 1.
The Ospreys (3-7-3, 3-5-3 NWAC) were playing in their final road game of the season this Wednesday when they took on Clark (11-2-1, 10-0-1). The Ospreys went into the match knowing they would have to play stiff defense against the powerful Clark offense, sitting back and defending the goal while taking the opportunities that came. The Ospreys shut out the Clark offense in the first half, going in with a 0-0 draw.
The second half proved to be the difference in the match as the Ospreys fought hard but gave up the first goal after the ball went off the hands of goalkeeper Lilly Barrett and found its way into the goal. The second Clark goal came on a corner kick and the match would end with the Ospreys losing 2-0.
The Ospreys currently sit in fourth in the South Division with 12 points and have been eliminated from playoff contention with one game remaining on their schedule.
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