RIO GRANDE, Ohio — It turned out to be anything but easy but, when all was said and done, an injury-riddled University of Rio Grande men’s soccer team got the win it was looking for.
Mitchell Osmond’s goal on a corner kick opportunity just under 20 minutes into the opening half proved to be enough in the RedStorm’s 1-0 triumph over Indiana Tech, Thursday night, in non-conference action at Evan E. Davis Field.
Rio Grande, which is ranked No. 4 in the latest NAIA coaches’ poll, improved to 4-1 with the victory.
The Warriors, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, slipped to 3-2.
The RedStorm, who continue to play without the services of senior All-America candidate Jorge Guinovart (Barcelona, Spain), also had to make due without sophomore Deri Corfe (Chester, England) and used just two substitutes in the contest.
Head coach Scott Morrissey’s club was outshot, 5-3, in the opening half. Fortunately, though, one of those three shots found its way into the net.
Osmond, a junior from Sydney, Australia, headed in a corner kick by senior Matheus Morgan (Vila Velha, Brazil) at the 19:44 mark of the opening period for what turned out to be the game’s lone goal.
Rio Grande finished with an 11-7 edge in shots overall, including a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal. The RedStorm also had a 7-3 cushion in corner kick chances.
Freshman goal keeper Luis Rodriguez (San Jose, Costa Rica) had three saves en route to a clean sheet effort.
Edwin Rosado also had three stops in a losing cause for Indiana Tech.
Rio Grande continues its three-game homestand on Saturday night when 10th-ranked University of Northwestern Ohio visits for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Racers dealt Rio its lone regular season loss last year.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.