HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Callum Cobb had the first hat trick of his collegiate career, while teammates Joao Paulo Antonio and Luiz Filho scored two goals each to lead the University of Rio Grande in a 10-1 rout of the University of Saint Francis, Sunday afternoon, at Marshall University’s Hoops Family Field at the Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
Junior Willian Paulino (Sao Paulo, Brazil) added a career-high four assists, while junior Pau Rodriguez (Barcelona, Spain) had a goal and an assist and senior Kimathi Kaumbutho (Nairobi, Kenya) had two assists in the win for the No. 5-ranked RedStorm, who improved to 3-0.
The Cougars slipped to 0-2 with the loss.
Rio Grande raced to a 6-0 halftime lead, with Antonio and Filho scoring both of their markers prior to the intermission. Kaumbutho assisted on the first goal for each player, while Paulino had assists on the second for both.
Cobb, a junior from London, England, gave the RedStorm a 1-0 lead off an assist by sophomore Matheus Morgan (Vila Velha, Brazil) with 14:51 gone in the opening half, before Antonio – a sophomore from Sao Paulo, Brazil – scored twice within a span of 3:12 to extend the advantage to 3-0 with 16:05 remaining in the half.
Freshman Eduardo Zurita (Barcelona, Spain) made it 4-0 just three minutes later and Filho – a senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil – closed the first half blitz with two markers in a span of 3:09 to extend the cushion to 6-0 at the break.
Saint Francis avoided a shutout on Sam Schlegel’s second goal of the season with 19:39 left in the contest, but Rio responded with four goals over the final 12:26 to set the final score.
Cobb found the back of the net for the second time off an assist by junior Jeremy de Hoog (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and sophomore Danny Carroll (Liverpool, England) booted home a deflection just 82 seconds later to push the lead to 8-1.
Paulino assisted on each of the final two scores – by Rodriguez at 80:39 and by Cobb with 27 seconds remaining.
Rio Grande finished with a 32-6 edge in shots, including a 17-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Freshman Ben Martinez (Montpellier, France) collected two saves in the victory. The lone goal he allowed came after a scoreless stretch of just over 250 minutes to begin the season.
Jesse Flores had seven stops in a losing cause for the Cougars.
Rio Grande will return to action on Friday against Westmont (CA) College in the opening round of the RedStorm Soccer Classic. Point Park University will face Vanguard (CA) University in the opening contest.
Game times and the game site is expected to be announced late Monday.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.