SOU topples C of I for weekend split

    CALDWELL, Idaho — Southern Oregon didn't let the disappointment of Friday's Cascade Conference-opening loss linger for long, packing up a 1-0 victory over The College of Idaho on Sunday to bring home from Simplot Stadium.

    Junior forward Yvonne Valencia salvaged the road trip by scoring the game's only goal in the 64th minute. Moments after her corner kick, Makena Totushek served the ball back into the box and Valencia eventually controlled it, punching in her second game-winner of the season.

    The Raiders (4-4 overall, 1-1 CCC) secured their second shutout of the season by holding the Yotes (3-4, 1-1) to two shots on goal and only four total. It came less than 48 hours after a 4-3, double-overtime loss at Rocky Mountain (Mont.) in which they squandered a 3-1 second-half lead.

    Hannah Ceciliani played all 90 minutes in goal for the keeper shutout.

    Four different Raiders put a shot on goal. Valencia and Aislinn Waite got off three shots apiece.

    In 1-0 CCC games, the Raiders are 9-3 over the last three seasons.

    They'll be off next weekend before picking up again on Sept. 29 at Northwest Christian. Seven of their first nine conference games will be played on the road.

    Men's Soccer

    At Caldwell, Idaho, one big weekend was all it took to soothe three weeks of frustration for the Southern Oregon men's soccer team.

    After reviving their season Friday with an upset of ninth-ranked Rocky Mountain (Mont.), the Raiders completed a perfect Cascade Conference-opening road trip Sunday afternoon by defeating The College of Idaho, 2-1, at Simplot Stadium.

    SOU (2-5 overall, 2-0 CCC) struck first with a Paul Matyas goal in the 31st minute that was assisted by Kelly Gieber and Gonzalo Garcia, but the lead didn't last long: 11 seconds later, Daniel Carmago assisted an Ahmet Muremovic equalizer for the Yotes (4-2, 1-1).

    With his first goal for the Raiders, sophomore transfer Esteban Castaneda had the final say in converting a free kick in the 61st minute. It occurred in the middle of a testy second half, during which the Yotes were issued five yellow cards, the Raiders three, and 19 fouls were called.

    SOU's defense held tight, holding the Yotes without a shot on goal in the second half. Raider keeper Wyatt Zabinksi corralled his only two saves in the first.

    The Raiders maintained a 12-10 edge in shots, placing seven on goal. They've only been out-shot twice this year, even in the midst of their season-opening five-game losing streak.

    Dating back to the 2015 season, they've now won nine consecutive CCC road games.

    They'll play at Raider Stadium for the first time this season next week — at 2 p.m. Friday against Multnomah, and at 11 a.m. Sunday against Walla Walla (Wash.).

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