Rio Grande women blast Brescia

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande women’s soccer team broke out of its recent offensive doldrums in grand style.

Payton Davis scored a career-high four goals, while Chase Davis had one goal and assisted on a pair of others to lead the RedStorm in an 8-0 rout of Brescia University, Saturday evening, in a River States Conference contest at Evan E. Davis Field.

Rio Grande, which snapped a four-game losing slide with the victory, improved to 4-7-1 overall and 2-3 in league play.

The Bearcats slipped to 2-11 overall and 0-6 inside the RSC.

Rio’s eight goals represented the third-highest single-game output in program history and were the most goals scored in a game since a 7-0 win over Brescia on Sept. 29, 2016.

Seniors Kelsie Lee (West Chester, OH) and Katie Zuniga (Massillon, OH) both had a goal and an assist for the RedStorm, who outshot the Bearcats, 43-4, including a 23-3 advantage in shots on goal.

The 43 shots established a new school record, surpassing the 34 shots recorded in a 16-0 win over Kentucky Christian University on Sept. 11, 2013.

Davis, a sophomore from Chillicothe, Ohio, scored each of Rio Grande’s first four goals. Junior Brooklyn Pritt (Scott Depot, WV) and senior Rachel Haddad (Gallipolis, OH) assisted on the first two markers, while Chase Davis – a sophomore from Huntington, W.Va. – had assists on the remaining two.

Senior Parker Davis (Jackson, OH) had an unassisted marker with 17:57 left to play to make it 5-0, before a flurry of late goals – three in a span of less than three minutes – set the final score.

Lee scored off an assist by fellow senior Kaylynn Bell (Hillsboro, OH) with 6:10 remaining, Chase Davis scored with help from Zuniga just 1:16 later and Zuniga scored thanks to an assist by Lee with 2:21 left to play.

Lee, who started the game in goal for the RedStorm, earned the win. She recorded one save before giving way to freshman Ashton Snider (Lancaster, OH) at the intermission.

Snider stopped a pair of shots in the second stanza.

Savannah Jackson went the distance in net for the Bearcats, tallying 15 saves in a losing cause.

Rio Grande returns to action on Thursday night when it hosts West Virginia University-Tech.

Kickoff is set for 5 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.