Three Alaskans part of Southern Oregon soccer conference title
Anchorage’s Paul Matyas has been with the Southern Oregon University men’s soccer team since 2015 when the program was started from scratch.
He wanted to be part of history and made it this weekend.
The Raiders captured their first Cascade Conference regular-season championship and earned an automatic bid in the NAIA National Tournament with a 2-1 overtime win of the Carroll Saints in Ashland, Oregon.
The Southern Oregon team features three Alaskans – Matyas and Anchorage’s Andrew DePaepe and Lucas Wagar.
Matyas, of East High fame, played all 100 minutes and took two shots in the OT win.
The junior starting center midfielder leads the Raiders in minutes played [1,559] in 18 games. Last year he was second on the team in that category.
DePaepe, of South High fame, made his 15th appearance of the season in the regular-season finale.
The freshman forward came off the bench all season and collected an assist against Walla Walla for his lone point of the season.
He scored 17 goals as a senior in high school.
Wagar, of East High fame, is a freshman midfielder. He played in one game this season.
Southern Oregon [11-6-1] will be the top seed at the upcoming CCC Tournament before making its first showing at the 30-team NAIA National Tournament, which begins Nov. 18.