Rio women edge Carlow in double OT

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Kasey Crow’s goal 27 seconds into the second overtime period lifted the third-seeded University of Rio Grande to a 1-0 win over No. 6 seed Carlow University in the quarterfinal round of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament, Saturday night, at Evan E. Davis Field.

The RedStorm, which won for the fourth straight time and for the third time under interim head coach Craig Davies, improved to 8-9 with the victory – their second over the Celtics in a span of 14 days.

The win also sends Rio Grande into the semifinal round of the tournament to face second-seeded Point Park University on Thursday, at 7 p.m., at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Carlow, which was playing its fourth game in as many days after traveling to Asheville, N.C. to participate in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Tournament earlier in the week, finished 8-11.

Crow, a senior from Chillicothe, Ohio, scored her game-winner in the opening moments of the second extra stanza after the two teams had battled for 100 minutes to a scoreless draw.

Freshman Olivia Slone (Huntington, WV) gathered in a loose ball off the opening kickoff of the period and lofted a pass toward the goal which cleared the head of Carlow defender Karina Wallace, who quickly recovered and tried to kick the ball out of bounds. However, the kick ricocheted off of an oncoming Crow and past Celtics goal keeper Lexie Mirenda for the golden goal.

Rio Grande finished with a whopping 26-7 edge in shots, including a 17-4 advantage in the second half and two overtime appearances. The RedStorm also had an 11-4 cushion in shots on goal.

Sophomore Kristin Garn (Morrow, OH) had four saves in goal for Rio, recording her fifth shutout performance of the season.

Mirenda had 10 saves in a losing cause for Carlow.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing