VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Rogue Community College (RCC) Ospreys women’s and men’s soccer teams were on the road Wednesday, Sept. 19 against Clark College Penguins in back-to-back matches. The women played a close game against the 4th overall ranked Clark women but fell 2-0. The men played a high-intensity match following the women but also fell 2-0.
The Ospreys (1-4-1, 0-2-1 NWAC) knew they would have to play a tight defensive match against the 4th overall ranked Clark College women (5-1-0, 4-0-0) if they wanted to walk away with points. Early on, it looked as if that plan had failed as Clark quickly scored in the 9th minute when Sarah Teubner forwarded the ball to Kayla Sills who put it into the net for a 1-0 lead. The Ospreys recovered and held strong through the remainder of the first half, going into the break 1-0.
Coming out in the second half, the Ospreys looked to equalize but their shots did not connect. The defense held strong throughout until the 85th minute when a scrum in front of the net led to a foul and penalty kick opportunity for Clark and Maddie Topaum put it away to seal the win with a 2-0 result. The Ospreys’ Megan Cowee and Mikayla Mache combined for 11 saves with the two goals allowed.
The Ospreys women are at home for their next match as they take on the Clackamas Community College Cougars (1-3-2, 1-2-0) Saturday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Community Park Field 14 in Medford. The Ospreys currently sit in 5th place in the Southern Region.
The Ospreys (0-4-1, 0-3-0 NWAC) were on the road against Clark College (1-4-1, 1-2-0), looking for their first win of the season. The match was a defensive stalemate for much of the first half as both teams traded back and forth. In the 44th minute, Clark jumped on a mistake from the Ospreys backline with Manuel Cabrera finding the net to put Clark up 1-0 as they went into the half.
The second half played out much like the first as both sides traded opportunities and defensive stands. In the 77th minute, the Ospreys attempted to stop a Clark push but were called for a foul in the box leading to a penalty kick opportunity for Michael Kimbrell who put it away to seal the game for Clark with a 2-0 result. Ospreys goalkeeper Joel Witts had six saves with the two goals allowed.
There were four yellow cards issued during the match: Michael Kimbrell (Clark – 26th), Abraham Sigala (RCC – 42nd), Mauricio Sanchez (RCC – 76th), and Chris Henry (Clark – 80th).
The Ospreys men are on the road again for their next match. They travel to Coos Bay to take on the Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers (3-1-1, 1-1-1) Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. The Ospreys currently sit in 6th place in the Southern Region.
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