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SOU slams Simpson in second shutout

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon kept the pressure on to generate easy chances and took advantage of all of them in a 3-0 victory against Simpson (Calif.) on Thursday afternoon at Raider Stadium.

The game was called with 10 minutes left in regulation due to unhealthy air quality but became official after it passed the 70-minute mark.

Alan Gaytan and Adrian Villegas converted penalty kicks in the first half, and Moises Hernandez assisted Noah Addie’s goal in the second as the Raiders improved to 2-0 with their second shutout.

The Raiders needed only 41 seconds to find their first goal. A few touches after Joao de Santos sent a pass from beyond midfield into the box, Luis Navarrete was inadvertently knocked over by Simpson keeper Daniel Morales while attempting to chase down a free ball. A PK was awarded, and Gaytan slid it in untouched with his left foot.

Gaytan’s play in the box created the next PK, and Villegas drove it through in the 31st minute.

Addie tacked on in the 66th. He got his chance when Hernandez pressed up and stepped in front of a Redhawks pass near midfield, then found Addie centered with only the keeper in front of him for an 18-yard shot that slotted into the bottom left corner.

All five of SOU’s goals have come from different scorers through two games.

SOU keeper Liam Kalhagen collected both of his saves in the first half, diving to his right to stop Simpson’s best chance on Christian Guevara’s free kick in the 20th minute.

Since the start of last season, the Raiders have shut out five of their last seven opponents.

SOU is scheduled to play William Jessup (Calif.) at 6 p.m. today in Ashland, though officials are weighing a change in game time or venue to dodge the wildfire smoke settling into the Rogue Valley.