The Rogue Community College women’s soccer team collected its first NWAC conference win at home Saturday afternoon, September 24, when they shutout Chemeketa (0-3-0) (0-8-0) Community College 5-0 at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Ospreys (2-3-0) (2-5-0) found the goal early with a goal by Reane Nisbet in the fifth minute. Samantha Lilley added back-to-back goals in the 11th and 33rd minutes to add momentum heading into half time. Haley Jankey drilled home a goal with an assist by Mackenzie Hickman in the 54th minute and then Hickman found the net at the 72nd minute to seal the shutout. Marisol Espinoza controlled her passing game well as she added two assists to set up clean shots. Lilley was issued a yellow card in the 74th minute.
“The team handled their business today,” said RCC Head Coach Rusty Veth. “We have been in a funk and I think we broke out of it today. When we are all on the same page this team creates some amazing things on the field and it's fun to watch. I am happy we got the shut-out again today, at home, and to get our confidence up.”
The women Ospreys return to their home pitch Wednesday, September 28 at noon when they face Clackamas Community College.
The Rogue men (3-1-1) (5-2-1) battled Chemeketa (2-1-1) (2-3-3) to a 2-2 draw Saturday afternoon at home at U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford. The match was physical as both teams left it all on the field down to the final minutes. Ospreys leading scorer Brandon Sauceda scored first off of a penalty kick in the 30th minute. Chemeketa tied it up and then added one before Sauceda passed up to Travis Cave for the game-tying goal in the 64th minute. Jonny Esqueda was issued a red card in the 69th minute, which left the Ospreys one man down for the remaining 20 minutes.
"It was a hard fought game today,” said RCC Men’s Head Coach, Greg Millick. “We were very unfortunate to go down to 10 men when Jonny was sent off. The boys didn't panic, they stayed disciplined and I am very proud of the effort and result."
The Ospreys take on Portland Community College in midweek action, Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Community Park.