Second season for Men’s soccer at SOU is underway

The men’s soccer program at Southern Oregon University had their first ever season in 2015 in school history. The men’s soccer team is now on campus and ready to start their second season.

The 2015 men’s soccer team shocked many people by proving they can compete in the CCC (cascade collegiate conference). The men fell in the middle of the pack and were just a few minutes away from going to playoffs. For a first year program which included over 19 freshman, the team far exceeded any expectations. With 10 transfers playing in their jr. season, there was little time to get everybody on the same page and ready to get the season off to a good start.

The second season will return 15 of the players on the team last year. Finally having a solid core that has a year of experience together will be essential to the Raiders’ success this season. They have added another 10 freshman to go along with 4 transfer students. These players will also play an important role in just how successful this team can be this season. Each player is going to add depth to each position and the competition at these spots is going to make the rest of the team better.

The CCC added some other great talent last year. The conference added three Montana teams that proved why they were at the top of the league standings at the end of the season last year. One of those teams is Rocky Mountain College who is the favorite to win the league after this years preseason poll. The Southern Oregon Raiders were ranked 8th, which by many seems to be quite low.

The first official preseason game for the Raiders will be August 23rd when they take on Humboldt college from Arcata California. You’ll be able to catch the raiders in action when they have their first preseason game in Ashland on September 9th.

It will be interesting to see how much the Radiers can improve from their impressive first ever soccer season in school history. Make sure to check the schedule and make some time to come cheer on the men’s soccer team!