Reilly sparks RedStorm men past Brescia

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Harry Reilly scored the University of Rio Grande’s first goal and assisted on its final three scores as the RedStorm posted a 4-0 win over Brescia University, Saturday night, in River States Conference men’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.

The fifth-ranked RedStorm improved to 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the RSC with the win, extending its regular season unbeaten streak to 24 straight games.

Brescia, which remained winless in five all-time meetings with Rio Grande, slipped to 5-7-1 overall and 2-3-1 in conference play with the loss.

Rio enjoyed a substantial 34-5 advantage in shots overall and a 12-3 edge in shots on frame, although the goals didn’t come as frequently as they had in the RedStorm’s five previous outings – a stretch which produced a trio of matches with 10 or more scores.

Reilly, a senior from Coventry, England, gave head coach Scott Morrissey’s squad what proved to be the only goal it would need when he capped a breakaway up the right side of the field by blistering a shot past Brescia goal keeper Jacob Stanley with 18:47 left in the first half.

The lead grew to 2-0 when senior Mitchell Osmond (Sydney, Australia) headed in a corner kick by Reilly just under 4-1/2 minutes later and that’s how things stayed until a pair of goals late in the second half to set the final score.

Freshman Manyumow Achol (Wellington, New Zealand) also scored on a header from a Reilly corner kick with 11:43 remaining in the contest, while senior Eduardo Zurita (Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain) netted a goal off of a pass from Reilly with just over one minute left.

Junior Richard Dearle (Castle Donington, England) stopped three shots in goal for Rio Grande.

Stanley finished with eight saves in a losing cause for the Bearcats.

Rio Grande returns to action on Thursday, hosting West Virginia University Tech in a battle of RSC unbeaten.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

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

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