RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Daniella DeSousa scored a pair of goals to lead the University of Rio Grande to a historic 3-0 victory over Ohio Christian University, Thursday night, in River States Conference women’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm evened their overall record at 5-5 with a fourth straight win, while also moving to 3-0 in conference play.
The four game winning streak is Rio’s first since the 2015 season when the RedStorm defeated Carlow University, Brescia University and Midway University in their final three regular season games and knocked off Carlow again in the quarterfinal round of the then-KIAC Tournament.
The victory also marked the fourth consecutive shutout for the RedStorm – a first in the program’s history.
DeSousa, a sophomore from Cape Town, South Africa, scored what proved to be the only goal that Rio would need at the 29:31 mark of the opening half when she gathered in a deflected pass an blistered a shot past OCU keeper Emily Boyd into the upper right corner of the net.
That’s how things stayed until DeSousa scored again — off a pass from senior Cassidy Young (Mount Healthy, OH) — from just outside the 18-yard box with 29:30 left to play.
Senior Jenna Jones (Lancaster, OH) set the final score with 1:58 remaining in the contest, scoring her first goal of the season via a header off a corner kick opportunity by junior Olivia Slone (Huntington, WV).
Rio Grande finished with a 17-9 edge in shots overall, including a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Junior net-minder Andrea Vera (Quito, Ecuador), the reigning RSC Defensive Player of the Week, stopped four shots for the RedStorm.
Boyd had two saves in a losing cause for the Trailblazers (3-5-1, 0-1-1 RSC).
Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday, hosting Indiana University East for a 5 p.m. kickoff.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.