Rio Grande women blast KCU, 16-0
Randy Payton Special to OVP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Freshmen Carrie Mathes and Laurel Amstutz scored four times apiece, while freshman Brooke Keipper and sophomore Kasey Crow scored twice each to lead the University of Rio Grande in a 16-0 non-conference win over Kentucky Christian University, Wednesday evening, in women’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm improved to 3-2 with the victory and established a new single-game school record for goals in the process, shattering the previous record of nine set in a 9-3 win over the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) on September 16, 2012.
Rio Grande also got a goal and three assists from freshman Melissa Dickerson (Little Hocking, OH), while Keipper (Cincinnati, OH) and Hannah Brindle (Bolton, England) had two assists apiece.
“After the performance we had against Davenport last weekend, it was important that we bounce back and put together a good performance tonight. I thought we did that,” said Rio Grande head coach Callum Morris. “KCU has been struggling, but I though we had a good, professional performance. We did a good job of maintaining possession and moving the ball around.”
The RedStorm, who entered the game with just five goals in their first four contests of the season, scored five times in the first 24:28 of the match and eventually enjoyed a 10-0 lead at the intermission.
Junior Karla Garn (Morrow OH) got the scoring underway off an assist from senior Mary Beth Schramm (Marietta, OH) at 14:41 before Mathes (Springboro, OH) scored three straight times over the next nine minutes.
Amstutz (Yellow Springs, OH) then scored four the next five Rio goals over the ensuing 16 minutes to make it 9-0. Only sophomore Courtney Young (Okeana, OH) interrupted the scoring blitz by Amstutz when she found the net at 29:35.
Mathes then closed the first half scoring off of Dickerson’s third assist at the 42:22 mark.
Crow had the first two goals of the second half and Keipper the final two markers of the contest, with freshman Carli Henman (Bellfontaine, OH) and Dickerson finding the net in the period between.
“We had a few girls that got onto the scoresheet, so maybe this will help their confidence,” Morris said. “It would be nice if we could carry some of this over to Saturday night, but we’ll have our hands full.”
Rio Grande finished with a 34-2 edge in shots, including a 26-1 cushion in shots on goal.
Junior goal keeper Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, OH) finished with one save en route to her second shutout victory of the season.
Chelsea Gallinger stopped 12 shots and Taylor Forquer recorded four saves for Kentucky Christian, which dropped to 0-4.
The Knights have been blanked in each of their four losses this season.
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