COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Norconk strikes twice for SOU – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News
ASHLAND — After going through an attacking drought that belied the peripheral numbers, goals are suddenly coming in bunches for the Southern Oregon men’s soccer team.
The Raiders poured it on during a 5-0 thumping of Providence (Mont.) on Friday afternoon at Raider Stadium, as Evan Norconk delivered a brace and Izaiha Bruce and Sam Walker had a goal and an assist apiece.
They’ve won back-to-back games for the first time this season, improving to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the Cascade Conference.
Norconk scored the first two goals — his third and fourth of the season — in the fifth and 47th minutes, first heading in Tybalt Thornberry’s cross and later punching in an assist from Walker.
Walker struck for his team-leading sixth goal in the 56th, punching in a rebound after Bruce took a long shot that required UP keeper Sam Fingers to make a diving save. Kevin Nevinger tacked on slickly in the 69th via Omar Ramirez, and Bruce got his goal courtesy of a Noah Addie assist three minutes later.
Fingers was busy all day, facing 19 shots on goal. The Argos produced one against SOU keeper Anthony Armenta.
The Raiders have scored eight times in their last two games following consecutive road losses at Northwest (Wash.) and Evergreen (Wash.), where they combined for 23 on-target shots but had just one goal to show for them.
SOU 4, PROVIDENCE 0: At Ashland, Southern Oregon got comfortable in a hurry in its Raider Stadium debut, marking the occasion with a breakout performance and a win against Providence.
Jasmine Gray, Phoebe Bunn, Mia Santander and Sophia Connell each tallied for the first time this season in the opening half as the first half as the Raiders (3-4-1 overall, 2-1-1 Cascade Conference) scored as many goals over the first 39 minutes as they had in their previous eight games combined.
The goal total was their highest in 22 games dating back to last season. They’re working on a three-game unbeaten streak heading into Saturday’s noon matchup against Rocky Mountain (Mont.).
Ashlynn Hernandez kept the Argos (1-5-1, 1-2-1) off the board with five saves, but the run of play was comfortably in the Raiders’ favor as they posted 20 shots to UP’s nine.
SOU 3, MULTNOMAH 0: At Ashland, No. 23-ranked Southern Oregon made quick work of its first match in two weeks, a 25-13, 25-17, 25-19 sweep of Multnomah at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
Sophomore outside hitter Hailey Van Well totaled 11 kills on 20 swings and Simone Gordon had seven on 12. They combined for just three attacking errors, leading SOU to a sterling .346 attacking average.
The Raiders, who forfeited their scheduled matches last week due to a COVID-19-related shortage of available players, improved to 12-5 overall and 6-4 in the Cascade Conference. Multnomah went to 2-8 and 2-8.
Hannah Randall had 15 assists while Taylor Russell and Gwen Sheldon combined for 14 in orchestrating the Raider attack. Defensively, Kayla Neidigh collected 11 digs and Taylor Jackson assisted four of the team’s eight blocks.
LANE CC 3, ROGUE CC 1: Tessa Frodge had 20 kills and Jordyn McCutcheon added 31 assists but Rogue Community College could not fend off third-ranked Lane CC, 21-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-23.
The Ospreys (6-11, 3-2) received 23 combined digs by Teiva Miller and Kylie Anderson against LCC (11-1, 4-1).