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Ospreys Athletes Celebrate Midweek Successes with Fleet Feet and Hat Tricks

RCC Athletics Osprey LogoThe Rogue Community College (RCC) men’s soccer team dominated (4-3-1) (6-4-1) the Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers 5-2 on their home pitch Wednesday afternoon in Medford.

The Ospreys unleashed three goals in the first 20 minutes before the Lakers (0-8-0) (1-11-0) scored with a header off a corner kick to get on the board. Brandon Sauceda secured himself as the top scorer in the 29-team NWAC standings as he collected a trio of goals on the day. Sauceda scored in the 14th minute with an assist from Travis Cave, in the 58th minute on a pass from Jonny Esqueda, and in the 78th minute, with the assist by Anthony Ramirez. Trent Lueberrt also found the net in the 18th minute backed up by Travis Cave. Cave collected his own goal on a well-placed ball from Sauceda, at 22 minutes, and backed up his offense adding two assists and a yellow card.

Rogue head coach Greg Millick was happy with the outcome, “Today was a great performance. I am very pleased with how the guys played because we have been working extremely hard in training the past couple days on attacking play,” said Millick. “We had some new ideas for them to work on this week and it really came out in the game. I am especially pleased with the performances of Brandon Sauceda and Travis Cave. They had great games.”

The Men’s Soccer team is sitting in third place in the south conference of the NWAC standings as of today. 

The Ospreys will be in Eugene, Saturday, as they face Lane Community College (3-5-0) (5-5-0) at 2:15 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
The RCC women’s soccer team (3-3-1) (3-5-1) battled Clackamas Community College (2-3-1) (2-6-2) to a 0-0 draw on the road Wednesday. Ospreys goalkeeper Alicia Jones defended the net deflecting 10 saves and earning the shutout. Makenzie Hickman was issued a yellow card.

“The squad had great energy today, we fought from the first whistle to the last, we came with three points in mind but getting the tie and just one moved us up to third and back in to the playoff running,” said women’s head coach Rusty Veth. “It was our first game in the rain this season and these Ospreys had a blast. We get an extended break now with two BYE games and plan to get good and healthy again.”

The Rogue women are also sitting third in the South Division standings. The Ospreys have a 10-day bye schedule before they take on Portland Community College (1-6-0) (1-7-2) Saturday, Oct. 15th at U.S. Cellular Fields in Medford.

RCC runner named NWAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week
The Ospreys cross country team collected another NWAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week honor over the weekend.

Freshman, Mallory Ward garnered the title for her performance in the 5K as she topped her personal record by shaving more than a minute off her best time with a time of 18:55 at the Willamette Invitational Saturday, in Salem.

Ward, a Yreka High School graduate, is one of two female runners for the Ospreys.

The Ospreys hit the running trail again, Saturday, October 15, at the Lewis and Clark Invite in Estacada, Oregon.

Sports information: Chelsea Fine, CFine@roguecc.edu
NWAC website: http://www.nwacsports.org

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