RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande women’s soccer team fought hard to earn a post-season berth and home field advantage in the quarterfinal round of the River States Conference Championship.
But the gritty determination and energetic play which fueled the RedStorm’s success was noticeably absent in Saturday night’s tourney tilt with Indiana University East.
The fifth-seeded Red Wolves avenged a regular season loss and earned their first post-season win in program history with a convincing 3-0 win over Rio Grande at chilly Evan E. Davis Field.
IU East improved to 11-4-3 with the win and advances to Wednesday’s semifinal round for a showdown with top-seeded Point Park.
The RedStorm, who were the tourney’s No. 4 seed, finished their season at 7-9-2.
IU East enjoyed a whopping 32-11 advantage in shots overall 18-3 in the first half – and a 13-1 edge in shots on goal.
The Red Wolves also had a 6-2 cushion in corner kick chances.
Olivia Malott gave the visitors the only goal they would need, scoring an unassisted marker just over 21 minutes into the contest.
Dejhanna O’Bryant pushed East’s lead to 2-0 at the intermission, bulling her way through the Rio defense for another unassisted score with just 1:23 left before the break.
Londyn Feasel set the final score by blistering a shot off the back of a Rio defender and over the head of RedStorm senior net-minder Andrea Vera (Quito, Ecuador) with 28:48 remaining in the contest.
Vera – one of eight players donning the Rio uniform for the final time – finished with nine saves.
Amanda Nicholson had one save for IU East, which lost to the RedStorm, 1-0, in their regular season meeting.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.