Raiders drop season-opener

ATHERTON, Calif. — The first two shots The Master's (Calif.) got off found the back of the net, and the Mustangs made them stand in a 2-0 defeat of Southern Oregon in men's soccer action Thursday afternoon at Wunderlich Field.

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 Mustangs improved to 2-0. The game was the first counter of the season for the Raiders and was played on Menlo College's home field, where SOU will remain today to face the 22nd-ranked Oaks at 4 p.m.

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