RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Sergio Royo and Peguy Ngatcha each scored second half goals and the University of Northwestern Ohio held on down the stretch to post a 2-1 over the top-ranked University of Rio Grande, Wednesday night, in non-conference men’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.
The Racers, who received votes in this week’s NAIA coaches poll, improved to 12-2-3 with the victory.
Rio Grande, which was playing its regular season finale, suffered its first home loss of the year and slipped to 12-2-2.
The RedStorm fell despite outshooting their guests, 15-5, including 9-1 in the first half and 8-3 on goal.
UNOH goal keeper Liam Davies went the distance in net and stopped seven shots.
The contest was a scoreless tie at the intermission, but Royo snapped the deadlock when he found the net off an assist by Jure Spiller at the 61:12 mark to give the Racers a 1-0 lead.
Ngatcha made it 2-0 just over 11-1/2 minutes later thanks to a feed from Travin cain, but Rio Grande sliced the lead in half when sophomore Luiz Filho scored off of a header to himself with 8:35 remaining in the contest.
Filho, who entered the game ranked second in tehe country in goals scored, appeared to tie the match four minutes later when he fired the rebound of a missed shot by senior defender Craig Davies (Wolverhampton, England) into the net, but the goal was waved off when Filho was ruled to be offside.
The RedStorm had one last shot on goal with 2:17 remaining, but sophomore defender Romain Terzian (Valence, France) misfired and Davies came up with the save.
Junior goalkeeper Jon Dodson (Tiffin, OH) had one save in the loss for Rio Grande.
The contest was a physical affair with the two teams being whistled for 31 common fouls and four yellow card cautions.
Rio Grande will return to action in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. Although not official, the RedStorm’s likely opponent will be Bluefield (Va.) College.