RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande men’s soccer team remained unbeaten Thursday night by virtue of a 5-0 win over Ohio Christian University in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm, who are ranked No. 1 in the NAIA coaches’ poll, improved to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the KIAC with the win.
The Trailblazers, who are in their first season as a member of both the NAIA and the KIAC, slipped to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in league play.
Junior Patricio Arce (Santiago, Chile) and freshman Eduardo Zurita (Barcelona, Spain) both had a goal and an assist in the victory, while junior Willian Paulino (Sao Paulo, Brazil), sophomore Spencer Reinford (McAlisterville, PA) and senior Kimathi Kaumbutho (Nairobi, Kenya) all had one goal each.
Arce began the scoring affair at the 4:16 mark of the opening half off a pass from Zurita, while Paulino scored at the 17:10 mark via an assist by senior Luiz Filho (Sao Paulo, Brazil) to make it 2-0. Paulino’s marker was his team-high ninth of the season.
Zurita extended the cushion to 3-0, scoring his fifth goal of the year off an assist by Arce with 22:10 left before the intermission.
Rio Grande outshot the Trailblazers, 16-1, in the first half and finished with a 32-4 edge in attempts for the game.
The second half was more of the same for the RedStorm with Reinford burying a shot in the back of the net at the 54:12 mark in the second half. Less than two minutes later, at the 56:10 mark, Kaumbutho (Nairobi, Kenya) scored the final tally of the night thanks to an assist by sophomore Matheus Morgan (Vila Velha, Brazil).
Freshman goalkeeper Ben Martinez (Montpellier, France) recorded a pair of saves en route to his six shutout of the year.
Roberto Varela had nine saves in the loss for OCU.
Next up for the RedStorm is a trip to No. 25 Union (Ky.) College on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director for the University of Rio Grande.