Eagles slip past Rio women


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



Rio Grande’s Naysa Sanchez battles Asbury’s Jordan Holt for control of the ball during the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Eagles at Evan E. Davis Field.

Rio Grande’s Naysa Sanchez battles Asbury’s Jordan Holt for control of the ball during the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Eagles at Evan E. Davis Field.


Courtesy photo|Rio Grande Athletics

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — On a night when almost every final statistic showed a dead heat between Asbury University and the University of Rio Grande, the deciding tally on the scoreboard showed a slight edge to the visiting Eagles.

Elizabeth Sparks’ goal with just under 21-1/2 minutes left in the opening half snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted Asbury to a 2-1 win over the RedStorm, Saturday evening, in River States Conference women’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.

The Eagles improved to 2-8 overall and 1-1 in league play with the win.

Rio Grande dropped to 1-9 overall and 1-1 inside the RSC with the setback.

The RedStorm grabbed the early advantage when senior Naysa Sanchez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) took a direct kick by junior teammate Amber Torres (Guyaquil, Ecuador) and buried a shot from the right wing into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead just 4:48 into the contest.

Asbury tied the game 14 minutes later on a penalty kick by Kaitlyn Maricle and grabbed the lead for good five minutes later when Sparks gathered in a left corner pass from Delaney Long in front of the goal and tapped a shot past Rio freshman net-minder Jayla Brown (Chillicothe, OH) for a 2-1 edge.

That’s how things stayed the rest of the way, although Rio had a 9-3 advantage in overall shots over the course of the second half and a 5-3 cushion in corner kick opportunities for the contest.

The RedStorm finished with a 15-14 edge in shots overall, while Asbury had a 6-5 advantage in shots on frame.

Brown had three saves in a losing cause for Rio Grande.

Carley Pyles had four stops in a route-going performance in goal for the Eagles.

Rio Grande returns to action on Thursday when Ohio Christian University visits for another River States Conference matchup.

Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

Rio Grande’s Naysa Sanchez battles Asbury’s Jordan Holt for control of the ball during the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Eagles at Evan E. Davis Field.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2019/09/web1_RIO-Sanchez.jpgRio Grande’s Naysa Sanchez battles Asbury’s Jordan Holt for control of the ball during the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Eagles at Evan E. Davis Field. Courtesy photo|Rio Grande Athletics

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.