WILMORE, Ky. — The University of Rio Grande men’s soccer team officially secured the River States Conference regular season championship and wrapped up the top seed in the upcoming RSC Tournament with a 3-0 win over Asbury University, Thursday night, at Asbury Soccer/Lacrosse Field.
The RedStorm, ranked No. 3 in the latest NAIA top 25 Coaches’ Poll, improved to 15-0 overall and 8-0 in league play.
Head coach Scott Morrissey’s team cannot be surpassed for the league’s top spot regardless of what it does in Saturday’s regular season finale at Midway University.
The RedStorm will receive a first-round bye in the tournament and will host the survivor of the opening round matchup between the still-to-be-decided No. 4 and No. 5 seeds on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Evan E. Davis Field.
Asbury dropped to 9-6-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the RSC with the loss.
Freshman Nicolas Cam Orellana (Santiago, Chile) scored a pair of goals, while sophomore Ewan McLauchlan (Aroch, Scotland) had a goal and an assist in the winning effort for Rio Grande.
The RedStorm completely shut down the Eagles’ offensive attack and did not allow a shot in the victory.
Cam Orellana scored what proved to be the only goal needed off a long entry pass by senior Mitchell Osmond (Sydney, Australia) just 1:36 into the match.
He scored again just under 10 minutes later off an assist by McLauchlan, while McLauchlan closed out the scoring with an unassisted marker with 22:14 remaining before halftime.
Rio Grande finished with a 12-0 edge in shots overall, an 11-0 cushion in shots on frame and a 5-1 advantage in corner kick chances.
Junior goal keeper Richard Dearle (Castle Donington, England) recorded another clean sheet in net for the RedStorm.
Trey Miller went the distance in goal for Asbury and was credited with six saves in a losing cause.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.