RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande women’s soccer team opened its season in successful fashion, outlasting Milligan (Tenn.) College, 1-0, Saturday afternoon at a sweltering Evan E. Davis Field.
The short-handed RedStorm, who had four players miss the game due to injury - including junior forward Kasey Crow (Chillicothe, OH), the program’s all-time leading scorer - managed a flukish first half goal by junior forward Courtney Young (Okeana, OH) and made the score stand up.
Young’s marker came at the 28:08 mark of the initial stanza when she fired what appeared to be a routine shot toward the net from 35 yards out. Somehow, though, the ball got through the hands of Milligan goal keeper Charlotte Stephens and into the goal.
Young’s shot was one of only seven in the contest - five of which were on goal - for Rio Grande.
Milligan finished with a 12-7 edge in total shots.
Senior goal keeper Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, OH) stopped four shots - including three in the second half - for the RedStorm, while Stephens also had four saves in a losing cause for the Buffaloes.
Rio Grande will return to action next weekend, traveling to New York for the Daemen College Classic.
The RedStorm will meet host Daemen College on Friday afternoon before tangling with the University of Maine-Fort Kent on Saturday.