RedStorm men topple IU East

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

CENTERVILLE, Ind. — Good teams find ways to survive solid opposition and less than ideal playing conditions – particularly those with something to play for.

Such was the case Thursday night for the University of Rio Grande men’s soccer team.

The RedStorm outlasted winter-like conditions, which included wind-blown snow and wind chill figures in the upper teens, and a spirited effort from Indiana University East to post a 3-0 win over the Red Wolves in River States Conference action at Centerville High School.

Rio Grande, ranked No. 13 in the latest NAIA coaches’ poll, improved to 14-3 overall and 8-1 in conference play with the victory in its regular season finale.

The win also secured a No. 2 seed in the upcoming RSC Tournament for head coach Scott Morrissey’s squad, who will host the survivor of the quarterfinal round match between the No. 3 seed and the No. 6 seed on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Evan E. Davis Field.

IU East, which could’ve earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the tourney with a win, slipped to 12-5 overall and 6-2 in the RSC with the loss.

The Red Wolves outshot the RedStorm, 11-8, but managed only three shots on goal in the contest.

Rio Grande scored what proved to be the only marker it would need just 8:44 into the contest when freshman Sebastian Borquez (Santiago, Chile) poked in the rebound of a shot by sophomore teammate Nicolas Cam Orellana (Santiago, Chile) which was saved by IUE net-minder Aaron Gipson.

That’s how things changed until the RedStorm sealed the win with a pair of second half goals which came in a span of just 26 seconds.

Junior Ewan McLauchlan (Aroch, Scotland) gave Rio an insurance marker on an unassisted goal with 18:33 left to play, while sophomore Michael Garcia (London, England) scored off a touch by junior Callum Malanaphy (Stourbridge, England) with 18:07 remaining to set the final score.

Senior Richard Dearle (Castle Donington, England) stopped three shots in goal en route to a clean sheet for the RedStorm.

Gipson had four saves in a losing cause for IU East.

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.