EVERGREEN, Ore. – The No. 8 Rocky Mountain College men’s soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament with a 4-0 win over Evergreen State College on Friday afternoon.
The scoring started in the 30th minute with a goal from Sky Swenson. Pablo Ferreira setup the shot from the left side of the penalty area.
Rocky held that 1-0 lead into the halftime break and into the 60th minute when Swenson struck again. Milo Downey played a through ball to Swenson for a finish to the lower left of the keeper.
The lead hit 3-0 in the 80th minute as Jace Beck converted a penalty kick. Mason Luse would add the final tally in the 86th minute as he finished a through ball from Swenson.
The Battlin’ Bears finished the day with a 22-7 edge in shots attempts and they had 11 shots on goal. Swenson led the attack with seven shots, four on goal.
Cole Catlin earned the win in goal with one save for his seventh shutout of the year.
Rocky (16-1-1) advances to Saturday’s semifinals where they will face No. 13 Corban. First touch is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT with the winner advancing to Monday’s title game.
The Rocky women, meanwhile, saw their trip to the conference tournament come to a stunning end as they fell to College of Idaho in penalties on Friday night.
The teams played to a scoreless draw officially, but Rocky (13-3-1) was eliminated for the tournament after the Yotes (7-8-2) won the shootout, 3-2. The Battlin’ Bears led 2-1 after three kicks, but missed the next two as the Yotes put two in.
Rocky had chances to win before the shootout as they had a 17-11 edge in shots with eight of those chances on goal. The most dangerous chance came in the 110th minute when Hannah Borgel hit the crossbar from 40 yards out.
C of I’s best chance came in the 35th minute when Katelyn Benavidez had a penalty kick turned away by the Rocky keeper, Maia Wetzel.
Lauryn Gamache, the CCC Offensive Player of the Year, led Rocky with five shots and three shots on goal. Sami Heimer had four shots and Borgel took three.
Wetzel made four saves and earned her fifth shutout.
Rocky will now have to wait and see if a second-place finish in the regular season will be good enough for an at-large invite to the NAIA National Championships. That field of 32 will be announced on November 13.