MEDFORD – The Rogue Community College men’s soccer team lost the division championship 2-0 to Portland Community College on Saturday, Oct. 28. The loss means the Ospreys ended regular season play in second place within the NWAC South Division and advance this week to the Northwest Athletic Conference playoffs.
Meanwhile, the season ended abruptly for the Ospreys women on Thursday, Oct. 26, when Portland Community College forfeited the final match, resulting in a 1-0 victory for the Ospreys. The Ospreys women finish the season in fourth place in the South Division.
The Ospreys men’s team (7-3-2, 6-2-2 NWAC) had secured a playoff berth two weeks prior, but hoped to win their first division title on Saturday in a home match against the Portland Panthers (10-1-2, 8-0-2). The match was played at a high speed as both teams went back and forth looking for opportunities. In the 27th minute, Mamed Karen crossed the ball into the box and Daniel Betancourt struck it into the back of the net to put Portland up 1-0. Portland continued to apply the pressure and in the 42nd minute Cameron Waller crossed it into the box and in the scrum, Roberto Mora found the net to put Portland up 2-0 as they went into the half.
The second half tested the Ospreys as they worked for opportunities but were unable to capitalize. The back-and-forth stalemate continued throughout the second half as neither team could find the net and Portland would go on to win 2-0.
There were four yellow cards and one red card issued during the match. Yellow: Mauricio Sanchez (RCC), Sebastian Tovar (RCC), Franklin Cordon (PCC), Stenley Graham (RCC). Red: Anthony Ramirez (RCC).
With the loss, the Ospreys finish the regular season in second place in the NWAC South Division – the best finish for the 3-year-old program. The Ospreys advance to their first post-season game Wednesday, Nov. 1, when they host Pierce College of Puyallup, Wash., at 1 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Community Park to open the first round of the NWAC single-elimination playoffs. Pierce College (8-8-3, 6-3-3) finished third in the NWAC West Division.
The winner of Wednesday’s match will travel to Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday, Nov. 4, to square off with Whatcom Community College (16-0-3, 13-0-2), the top-seeded team in the NWAC North Division.
The season ended abruptly for the Ospreys women (4-7-3, 4-5-3 NWAC) on Thursday, Oct. 26, when Portland Community College (0-15-0, 0-12-0) gave notice the Panthers were forfeiting the match slated for Saturday due to having less than 11 players who could compete. According to Northwest Athletic Conference rules, the match is recorded as a 1-0 victory for the Ospreys.
Rogue is graduating five sophomores this year: Ashley Fontanelli, Courtney Paquette, Annie Teehan, Krystal Van Dyke, and Haley Janky. All five were instrumental in turning a first-year, zero-win team into back-to-back finishes of fourth place in the South Division. Since the last home game of the season is traditionally sophomore night, the Ospreys honored the sophomore women during the men’s home game on Saturday.
The Ospreys women finish the season in fourth place in the NWAC South Division. They will look to build on what they have already accomplished in the short 3-year history of the program and come back even stronger next year.
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