The Crowder Roughriders might be playing their best soccer at just the right time of the season.

Since consecutive one-goal losses against Neosho County (2-1 in overtime) and East Central (1-0 in Region 16 competition), the Roughriders have rattled off four straight wins entering Saturday’s Region 16 road match against Jefferson.

Among those four wins are Crowder’s first and second victories on the road and the Roughriders’ first overtime victory this season after one tie and two losses previously.

The ‘Riders have been strong all season at home and they improved to 5-0-1 within the friendly confines with a 5-1 victory Wednesday over the Oklahoma Wesleyan JV at Roughrider Soccer Field.

On Wednesday, Crowder sophomore Phillips Gomez broke a 1-all tie with a goal in the 40th minute and the ‘Riders scored all three goals after halftime, including a pair just a few minutes after intermission.

Salvador Gonzalez, who assisted on Gomez’s goal in the first half, opened the scoring after halftime and not much later, Danny Lindo made it 4-1 Crowder.

Late in the match, sophomore David Portilla closed out the scoring on a header.
On Monday, Crowder went on the road to blank Murray State (Oklahoma) 1-0.

Daniel Doherty, off an assist by Gomez, scored the lone goal and Andres Aldaco earned the win in net with four saves.

Crowder defeated Murray State 5-2 earlier in the season at Roughrider Soccer Field.

The ‘Riders improved to 5-1 this season against schools from Oklahoma with the victories Monday and Wednesday. Crowder owns a 7-4-1 overall record headed into Saturday.

Crowder has five remaining matches with road contests Jefferson and St. Charles bookending home bouts against Coffeyville, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and St. Louis, all next week.