KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Six Oregon Tech student-athletes in the fall sports of men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and volleyball have earned the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Award for their performances on the field of play and in the classroom, the NAIA office announced.
To earn recognition as a NAIA Scholar Athlete, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a junior in class standing.
2013 Honorees include:
+Marie Baumann - Accounting (Volleyball); Weston, Ore.
+Kayleigh Whelchel - Pre-pharmacy (Volleyball); Sheridan, Ore.
+Loren Jessen – Renewable Energy (Men’s Soccer); Springfield, Ore.
+Scott Minor – Software Engineering/Computer Systems Engineering (Cross Country); Hyampom, Calif.
Rhonda Costin – Geomatics (Cross Country); Springfield, Ore.
Jacqeline Wood – Radiologic Science (Soccer); Mckinleyville, Calif.
+ Two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete
La GRANDE, Ore.– Seven Oregon Tech athletes earned postseason honors, led by four from
the women’s soccer team and three on the men’s soccer side, the league
First-team all-conference honors went to Rebekah Matteri (Arcata, Calif.) and Rebekah Nisbet (Medford, Ore.), while sophomore defender Bailey Tehan (Eureka, Calif.) and freshman midfielder Jackie Gardner (Klamath Fall, Ore.) earned honorable mention accolades in women’s soccer. Matteri and Nisbet received back-to-back first-team honors, while Tehan also earned HM accolades in back-to-back seasons.
Matteri, a junior goal keeper, ranked 1st in the Cascade Collegiate Conference in saves and save percentage, while ranking 5th in shutouts. Nisbet, a senior midfielder, led Tech in goals (8) and assists (5), while ranking 1st in the CCC in shots on goal (52) 3rd in goals and 9th in assists.
Ashton Betts (Portland, Ore.), a forward on the men’s soccer squad, finished out the year second on the team in goals (3) and first in assists (4). Betts had 16 shots on goal for Tech and was the lone Owl earning second-team all-conference honors on the men’s team. Senior Loren Jessen (Springfield, Ore.) and freshman Brady Ulen (Post Falls, Idaho) received honorable mention honors.
Oregon Tech Seniors (L-R) Ashton Betts, Loren Jessen and Jimmie Hernandez
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Concordia University (14-4-0, 11-3-0 CCC) scored once in the first half to down Oregon Tech (6-12-0, 5-9-0 CCC) 1-0, Saturday afternoon in a Cascade Collegiate Conference matchup on Trevor Derrah Field at Steen Sports Park.
Radcliff McDougal scored the one and only goal in the 33rd minute. His ball came from a deflection by senior keeper Loren Jessen after he saved shot, shot by Kevin Fisher. McDougal’s shot came from in the box at 5 yards.
The game ended the college careers for Oregon Tech seniors Ashton Betts, Loren Jessen and Jimmie Hernandez.
Concordia will now prepare for the semifinals of the CCC Championship presented by U.S. Bank when it travels to face Northwest University on Nov. 12 in a matchup of the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds. Both teams finished with identical 11-3-0, but Northwest earned the tiebreaker after posting two wins against the Cavs this season.
Concordia tallied 19 shots in the contest but connected on just one occasion, a 33rd-minute strike by McDougald. McDougald collected a deflection off OIT keeper Loren Jessen and easily put in the eventual game-winner from five yards out.