Patriots rally to edge Rio women’s soccer
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Senior Mary Beth Schramm received a nice pregame sendoff from her teammate and coaches in her next-to-last regular season game at home.
Sophomore Kasey Crow scored the goal she needed to become the all-time leading scorer in Rio Grande women’s soccer history.
Unfortunately, though, the RedStorm failed to get the win they needed to secure a first round home game in the upcoming Mid-South Conference Tournament.
Paige Young’s goal with just under 15 minutes remaining finished off a late St. Catharine comeback and sparked the Patriots to a 2-1 win over Rio Grande, Wednesday night, at an overcast Evan E. Davis Field.
St. Catharine improved to 10-4 overall and 4-3 in the MSC with the win, securing a tie with the RedStorm for fourth place in the conference standings in the process.
Rio Grande slipped to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in league play with the disappointing loss.
Head coach Callum Morris’ squad now needs at least one win in its final two conference contests, in addition to a pair of losses by the Patriots in their final two league games to regain the No. 4 seed an earn the final first-round home berth in the MSC tourney.
Crow, a forward from Chillicothe, Ohio, snapped a scoreless deadlock at the 54:44 mark of the second half with an unassisted marker that gave Rio a 1-0 lead. The goal was her ninth of the season and the 19th of her career, surpassing the previous school record of 18 goals set by Beth Hoffman from 2005-07.
But the Patriots knotted the score at 1-1 just under 10 minutes later when Macy Higdon scored off the rebound of missed shot by teammate Courtney Anderson.
Long then netted what proved to be the game-winner at 75:11 off of an assist by Higdon.
Rio Grande failed to come off the mat down the stretch, managing just two shots - only one of which was on goal - over the final 14 minutes.
The RedStorm were outshot 15-7 in the contest, including 9-4 in shots on goal.
Lindsey Vinson had three saves in net for St. Catharine, while junior goal keeper Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, OH) stopped seven shots in a losing cause for Rio Grande.
Rio Grande returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it hosts 11th-ranked Cumberland (Tenn.) University in the regular season home finale. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
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