Both Men’s and Women’s Soccer lose first round in playoffs
By Nohea’ililani Waiwai’ole, Staff Writer
Despite losing first round in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Tournament, both Oregon Tech men’s and women’s teams finished with record-setting seasons and higher standings than anticipated.
Both teams lost in the first round of the CCC Tournament on Friday, November 3, in Springfield, Oregon. A combined eleven players from both teams received CCC post-season honors.
The 2017 season ties the women’s best CCC playoff standings in the No. 3 seed spot, although the team was picked No. 10 out of 12 total teams in preseason polls. Tech went on to play the No. 6 seed, Northwest University, and lost 1-0 at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Northwest University went on to beat the No. 2 seed, Corban University, 3-1 and lost to the No. 1 seed, Eastern Oregon University, in the CCC Championship 2-0.
Oregon Tech women set a new program record with 8 conference wins, finishing 8-3-0 in CCC play and 10-6-0 overall.
“This year we played more as a team because of being so close on and off the field,” said Sophomore Defender Taylee Miyamura. “We all trusted each other and supported each other to the point where we felt like we owed it to each other to always play our hardest every game.”
Junior Forward Cassidy Glover received First Team CCC honors, while Brenna Bogle and Megan Green received Second Team CCC honors. Emily Hillestad, Taylee Miyamura, and Hailey Satyna received CCC Honorable Mention honors.
Oregon Tech men’s soccer team was picked No. 9 in CCC preseason polls, but finished the season at the No. 5 seed, after securing a playoff spot against the No. 4 seed, Northwest Christian University (NCU).
The men lost 2-0 to NCU at 2 p.m. on Friday, and NCU went on to lose to Southern Oregon University (SOU) in the next round of playoffs. On Monday, November 6, SOU beat nationally ranked Corban University in overtime for the CCC Tournament Championship.
“This  season was good, but I know we are disappointed to go out so early in playoffs,” said Junior Goal Keeper Gerardo Skewes, “The loss only fuels us going into the post-season because we always work to come back better than we were the year before.”
The 2017 season marks the men’s program's second consecutive year making it to playoffs as they finished with an overall record of 8-8-1 and 7-5-1 in CCC play. Tech player Brennan Gazdik received CCC Second Team honors. Lodewijk Bloemzaad, Joey Driesson, Trinidad Flores, and Kelly Kyllo, received CCC honorable mention honors.