RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Marian University coughed up an early lead, but regained a first half advantage and made it stand up for a 3-1 win over the University of Rio Grande Wednesday night in the women’s soccer season opener for both schools at Rio Grande’s auxiliary field.
Olivia Annee scored an unassisted marker with 25:33 remaining in the first half to snap a 1-1 tie and give the Knights a lead they would never relinquish.
Marian added an insurance goal by Logan Bowling with 21 seconds remaining in the contest to set the final score.
Bowling had an assist on Kellie Cavanaugh’s goal just 9:46 into the match to give the Knights a 1-0 lead, but Rio Grande tied the game just over two minutes later when freshman Morgen Grunkemeyer (Piqua, OH) headed in a corner kick by senior Kasey Crow (Chillicothe, OH).
The shot was one of only three shots on goal and six shots in total by the RedStorm. The Knights finished with 12 shots, seven of which were on goal.
Sophomore Kristin Garn (Morrow, OH) had four saves in a losing cause for Rio.
Melissa Sturgill recorded two saves in goal for Marian.
Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Milligan (Tenn.) College for a 5 p.m. kickoff.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.