RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Courtney Young’s breakaway goal at the 62:47 mark of the second half snapped a scoreless tie and lifted the University of Rio Grande to a 1-0 win over Point Park (Pa.) University, Saturday evening, in women’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm, who were playing their home opener, evened their record at 1-1 with the victory.
Point Park slipped to 0-1 with the loss.
Young, a sophomore forward from Okeana, Ohio, slipped behind the Point Park defense to field a ball headed forward by senior defender Mary Beth Schramm (Marietta, OH) and beat Pioneer goal keeper Mackenzie Pinto for what proved to be the game’s lone goal.
“Obviously, after the Mount Vernon result (a 4-1 loss in Tuesday’s season opener), we had to make sure that the girls came out and played today,” said Rio Grande head coach Callum Morris. “We looked very dangerous in patches and had some chances to score, which we didn’t have the other day. We made a couple of adjustments at halftime and were finally able to capitalize in the second half. Mary made a nice flick of the ball forward and Courtney was able to finish.”
In addition to each other, the two squads battled fatigue throughout the contest as a result of hot and humid playing conditions and shots were at a premium. Both teams finished with eight.
Neither keeper was forced to make a stop in the opening stanza, but Rio junior net-minder Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, OH) turned away five shots on goal in the second half among the seven tries the Pioneers had after the intermission.
Pinto finished with one save in a losing cause for Point Park.
“It got a bit nervy there at the end, but it was a very solid 1-0 win for us,” Morris said. “It was nice to see the girls last the entire 90 minutes. Hopefully, this will give us something to build on.”
The RedStorm return to action next weekend when they host the Marge Evans Classic on Friday and Saturday.
Friday’s game against Union (Ky.) College will kickoff at approximately 7 p.m. following the 5 p.m. opener between Davenport (Mich.) and Mount Vernon Nazarene, while Saturday’s game against Davenport gets underway at 5 p.m. after Mount Vernon and Union meet at 3 p.m.