MEDFORD – The Rogue Community College (RCC) Ospreys hosted Clark College (CC) Saturday, Oct. 13. The women played first and held strong early against the No. 4 ranked Clark women but ultimately lost the match 6-0. The men followed and scored quickly to take an early lead but couldn’t hold on and fell to Clark 4-1.
The Ospreys (4-7-1, 3-5-1 NWAC) faced a tough challenge in the No. 4 ranked Clark (10-1-1, 9-0-1) women. The undefeated Clark started aggressive and maintained a solid attack throughout the match. The aggressive style saw the Ospreys keeper go down five times in the match, leading to a position change in the second half. Sarah Teubner of Clark scored first off an assist from Mia Castaneda in the 18th minute. Late in the first half, Kayla Sills assisted Samantha Rosenkranz for Clark’s second goal in the 44th minute.
The second half saw Clark continue their aggressive style. In the 56th minute, Teubner served a ball in and Hannah Eakins went through Ospreys keeper Megan Cowee to go up 3-0. Cowee went down for the fourth time and it would be her last as she exited the match. Defender Stephanie Roe, a former high school keeper, came in to protect the net. In the 61st, Castaneda found Whitney Wortham for a goal. In the 65th, Maddie Topaum scored unassisted and in the 79th, Natalie Paul assisted Jillian Bolke for the final goal. The Ospreys lost 6-0.
Keepers Cowee and Roe each had four saves with three goals allowed. There was one yellow card issued in the match: Whitney Wortham (CC – 51st).
The Ospreys women are on the road Wednesday, Oct. 17, when they take on Clackamas Community College (1-8-3, 1-7-1) at 1:30 p.m. in Oregon City. The Ospreys remain in 4th place in the South Region and can still qualify for playoffs by running the table in their final three matches.
The Ospreys (0-9-1, 0-8-0 NWAC) were still in search of their first win of the season as they hosted Clark (3-7-1, 3-5-0) on Saturday. They took advantage early when Elijah Akala drove around the right side into the box and sent a shot in only to have it deflected by a Clark defender’s hand. This led to a penalty kick opportunity for the Ospreys that was taken by Ramiro Alvarado. He converted it to put the Ospreys up 1-0 in the 2nd minute. Clark countered quickly when Christian Hernandez played a ball to Jesus Cabrera who put it in during the 9th minute to tie it 1-1. Clark scored again when a 50/50 ball bounced awkwardly and landed in the net in the 15th minute with the goal credited to Kleon Keang. The Ospreys went into the half down 2-1.
The two sides came out battling hard in the second half, taking it to the 76th minute when a free kick went off RCC keeper Witts’ hands and was cleaned up by James Martin to put Clark up 3-1. In the 84th minute, Hernandez added a goal to his assist to put Clark up 4-1. The Ospreys lost the match 4-1.
There were three yellow cards issued during the match: Elijah Akala (RCC – 53rd), Michael Kimbrell (CC – 71st), and Daniel Sanchez (CC – 78th).
The Ospreys men have two games remaining in the season. They host Southwestern Oregon Community College (8-1-1, 6-1-1) Saturday, Oct. 20 at noon at US Cellular Community Park Field 14.
For more information about:
• RCC Ospreys Athletics, game schedules, and team rosters visit www.roguecc.edu/athletics or contact Darren Van Lehn, RCC Athletic Director at 541-245-7770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC): www.nwacsports.org/.