Valencia, Totushek propel SOU past Owls
ASHLAND — Many of the names were new but the formula was a familiar one for the Southern Oregon women's soccer team in its season-opening 2-0 defeat of Oregon Tech on Thursday night at Raider Stadium.
Nine players made their Raider debuts in the nonconference win, though two veterans, juniors Makena Totushek and Yvonne Valencia, punched in the game's only scores.
In the 18th minute, Totushek's corner kick resulted in a loose ball that Valencia gathered near the top of the box and fired just under the post for the go-ahead goal. And in the 57th, Totushek lined a 20-yard free kick from the left side just over the outstretched arms of keeper Jenna Stiehr and inside the right post.
SOU's ball control and defensive physicality kept the lead secure. To earn the shutout in her debut at goalkeeper, Hannah Ceciliani needed to make four saves, each routine.
Since the start of last season, SOU has blanked 13 of 17 NAIA opponents. The Owls have scored just once against the Raiders in the teams' last four meetings.
SOU totaled five shots on goal and 11 total. Totushek picked up where she left off last season, when she was the team's second-leading goal scorer. Valencia's goal was the fourth of her career.
MASTER'S 2, SOU 0: At Atherton, Calif., the first two shots The Master’s got off found the back of the net, and the Mustangs made them stand in the nonconference match.
Benjamin Tembo converted unassisted in the fourth minute, and in the 19th he was set up by Luis Garcia-Sosa for a long, successful bouncer from up top that kept the Raiders fighting uphill for good.
SOU out-shot the Mustangs, 20-13, matched them in shots on goal with five and peppered the post on multiple occasions but could not break through. The Raiders had not been blanked in their previous 19 regular-season games dating back to the 2015 season.
Mustangs keeper Casey Phillips got credit for the shutout, his second in as many games. Of his five saves, Sean McManamon forced him to make two of them.
The game was the first counter of the season for the Raiders and was played on Menlo College’s home field, where SOU will face the 22nd-ranked Oaks today.