RCC Women’s Soccer @ChemeketaRCC 5 – CCC 1
RCC Men’s Soccer @ChemeketaCCC 8 – RCC 1
The Rogue Community College (RCC) Ospreys women’s soccer team (5-6-1) (5-8-1) earned a 5-1 victory to close out the 2016 soccer season at Chemeketa Community College (CCC) (0-11-0) (0-16-0) Saturday, October 29, in Salem.
The Ospreys had to find their footing first on some muddy terrain before Makenzie Hickman struck the back of the net off of a free kick in the 16th minute. Chemeketa tied it up before the half on a goal by Janie Jarmin. Krystal Van Dyke put RCC up 2-1 in the 49th minute with a one-touch kick into the right corner off an assist by Samantha Lilley. Lilley recorded another assist when she connected with Haley Janky at the 70th minute. Van Dyke hit her second goal of the game on a pass from Janky and finished the shot before she was brought down from behind at the 78th minute. Renae Nisbet capped the Ospreys win with Rogue’s fifth goal in the 86th minute.
Two yellow cards were issued during the match. Eve Ponce (CCC) and Erika Alcantar (CCC).
“The team ended the season with a strong performance on a field where nothing could be taken for granted. They adapt and find ways to overcome roadblocks. The second half of the match today shows just how capable they are. It's bittersweet to have the season come to an end,” said head coach Rusty Veth. “This group of unknown freshman came in and bought into the vision I have for the program and the roles they could play. They leaned in and trusted me and in return we created some amazing stuff, beautiful soccer on the field, priceless memories off the pitch. I think we are on the radar now a bit. I'm looking forward to how we can continue to ascend in the off-season as well-rounded student-athletes. We are just getting started here.”
This season’s roster was loaded with 14 freshmen from Oregon, California, and Washington.
In just their second year of Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) match play, the RCC Ospreys women improved from a (0-11-1) conference record in 2015 to coming within one game of earning a postseason appearance this year. They finished sitting fourth in the seven-team south division.
The RCC men’s soccer (5-9-1) (7-10-1) team fell 8-1 during their last match of the season against CCC, (10-3-2) (10-5-4) the number one team in the southd ivision on Saturday, October 29, in Salem.
Rogue’s starting goalkeeper Derian Saldana left the match early in the third minute with a shoulder injury. Chemeketa took advantage of the immediate loss by striking first in the 4th minute on a kick from Gustavo Mendoza. The Storm continued to pepper the net pulling ahead by four points before the half. Freshman midfielder, Sebastian Tovar, passed off an assist to Marco Perez in the 63rd minute to put Rogue on the board and avoid the shutout.
Five yellow cards were issued during the match: Ramon Medrano (CCC), Ammon Tuebner (CCC), Jorge Pinon (RCC), Trenton Luebbert (RCC), and Head Coach, Oscar Monteblanco (CCC).
The Osprey s m enfinished the 2016 season with a (5-9-1) (7-10-1) record, as they remained competitive in the south division against some tough teams. The Ospreys showed marked improvement over the 2015 season when they finished (1-11-1) (1-12-1).