The Rogue Community College (RCC) Ospreys Men’s soccer team (5-7-1) (7-8-1) earned a 2-0 shutout against Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWCC) (0-12-0) (0-15-1) Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Community Park to close out their last regular season home game of the year. Brandon Sauceda picked up his 16th and 17th points of the season when he struck the first goal to put Rogue on the scoreboard in the 15th minute. Marco Perez fed Sauceda a nimble pass and the assist as Sauceda found the goal again in the 40th minute to secure the 2-0 win for the Ospreys. Sauceda continues to lead the NWAC in overall goals this season with 17.
Derian Saldana earned the shutout for RCC in goal with six saves. Five yellow cards were issued in the game: Spencer Iwanski (SWOCC), Marco Perez (RCC), Derian Saldana (RCC), Trenton Luebbert (RCC), and Sebastian Tovar (RCC). A red card was issued to Marco Perez (RCC) in the 79th minute. The Ospreys will have two players sitting out during their next match as Perez will be penalized for his red card and Luebbert has accumulated five yellow cards this season.
The RCC Men’s Soccer team has two more regular season contests on the road this coming week. The Ospreys will face Lane Community College (LCC) (5-7-0) (7-7-0) Wednesday in Eugene at 4 p.m. Then they will travel to Salem for one last contest against Chemeketa Community College (CCC), Saturday, Oct. 29.
The RCC women’s soccer team (4-5-1) (4-7-1) dropped a heartbreaker 3-1 Saturday afternoon against SWOC College (5-5-0) (6-8-0) on their home pitch at U.S. Community Park. The Ospreys were first to score when Courtney Paquette connected with Samantha Lilley for the goal in the 21st minute. SWOC quickly answered to tie the game in the 25th minute before pulling ahead 2-1 before the half. RCC goalkeeper Alcyea Jones recorded 10 saves. Three yellow cards were issued: Samantha Lilley (RCC), Marisol Espinoza (RCC), and Haley Janky (RCC). A red card was issued to Nadia Villegas (SWOCC). The Ospreys roster will be down two players on Wednesday for one game only against LCC because of the yellow card accumulation of both Lilley and Espinoza. The Ospreys remain in the postseason hunt as they slipped to fourth today in the Southern Division standings, but a series of fortuitous wins and losses throughout conference play this week could clinch a playoff berth for the Ospreys.
“We had a tough loss today but I can only ask so much of these players, I know they aren't machines, they turned out an amazing game on Wednesday and it's incredibly hard to turn around two days later and play a tough game to get the result,” said Ospreys head coach, Rusty Veth. “We will continue to prepare and give our best in the final week of conference play and hope that the Soccer Gods shine upon us to get a playoff berth.”
The Ospreys travel to LCC (9-1-0) (11-3-2) Wednesday for a mid-week match in Eugene at 2 p.m.