ATHERTON, Calif. — Menlo College keeper Julio Naranjo piled on to Southern Oregon's frustrating opening week on Friday afternoon in the Raiders' 3-1 loss to the 22nd-ranked Oaks at Wunderlich Field.
Naranjo kept SOU from picking up steam by making eight saves, including four during a first half in which the Raiders had advantages of 10-3 in shots, 4-0 in shots on goal and 8-3 in corner kicks.
During a five-minute stretch early in the second half, the Oaks (1-0) capitalized. In the 57th minute, Axel Helmertz rebounded a blocked attempt and lined a shot into the net from inside the box. And in the 62nd, Fernando Menera led Eric Hegmann on a counter with a pretty pass for Hegmann's clear 10-yard strike from left to right that made it 2-0.
SOU (0-2), which was shut out in Thursday's loss to The Master's, finally got on the board three minutes later when Renee Resendez assisted a Kelly Gieber goal. But Naranjo made four more outstanding stops from that point on, and Hegmann ended thoughts of a comeback with just under two minutes remaining by scoring a second goal assisted by Menera.
The Raiders finished with a 9-6 edge in shots on goal. Sean McManamon accounted for two of them, and Paul Matyas had three of the team's 17 total shots.
All three of Menlo's goals were provided off the bench.
For Gieber, a sophomore midfielder, the goal was the second of his career. The assist marked the first career point for Resendez, a freshman.
SOU picks up on Sept. 1 at Dominican (Calif.), an NCAA Division II opponent.