KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Oregon Tech scored twice in each half on the way to a 4-0 shutout win over visiting Carroll College. The win for the Owls was the first ever over the Saints. With the win the Oregon Tech men have now clinched a spot in the 2017 Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships in Springfield, Oregon, which begin on November 3. Tech improves to 7-7-1 on the year and 6-5-1 in the Cascade Conference, Carroll falls to 5-7 in CCC play and 7-8 on the year.
Head Coach Matt Munhall on his teams big day. "We played well today. We defended through our goal line and protected our goal well. On the attacking end, all four of our goals were assisted which shows we are sharing the ball well. We just need to keep playing 'Oregon Tech soccer'. Now knowing that we are in the CCC tournament, we are excited at getting a second chance to play a number of our opponents who got the better of us in the regular season."
In Friday's win over Carroll, Trinidad Flores led the Hooters with two-assists and what turned out to be the game winning goal. In the 25th minute Flores finished a great header from Lucas Hale across the box from about seven feet out to give the Owls the 1-0 lead.
Matthew Sai headed in a rebound in the 42nd minute giving Tech a 2-0 lead. On the play Luis Valdez headed a shot on frame that was saved by the Saints keeper only to have Sai head the ball into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.
Carroll control tempo as was very active to start the second half but the Saints could never get back into the game thanks to good defensive work by the Owls led by Keeper Gerardo Skews who had 6 saves as he faced 24 shots on the day.
Tech broke the game open in the 63rd minute as Flores sent a great cross through the box that found Colton Grytness who finished from 15 feet putting the Owls up 3-0.
Flores was at it again just five minutes later, this time he set-up Valdez who scored from 12 feet out as Tech won going away 4-0.
The Saints out-shot Tech 24-11 for the game and had a 6-5 edge in shots on frame but Tech dominated the scoreboard for the win.
The Hustlin' Owls will host the University of Providence Saturday at 12:00 pm on senior day as they wrap-up the regular season at the OIT Soccer Field.
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