Lancers cut RedStorm men in OT

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Ulisses Miranda scored his second goal of the game with 47.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give Grace (Ind.) College a 2-1 win over the University of Rio Grande, Saturday evening, in non-conference men’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.

The Lancers, who were among the teams receiving votes in the latest NAIA coaches’ Top 25 poll, improved to 11-6-2 with the win, despite being outshot in the contest 19-6.

Rio Grande, ranked No. 13 in the same poll, fell to 9-4 with a second straight home loss.

The loss left the RedStorm with consecutive home setbacks for the first time since 2007 — a 1-0 loss to Fresno Pacific on Sept. 8 and 2-1 to Houghton College on Sept. 22.

Rio Grande broke a scoreless deadlock when senior Callum Malanaphy (Stourbridge, England) found the back of the net from the top of the 18-yard box off a crossing pass from the left wing by freshman Fernando Alvarez (Santiago, Chile).

Grace tied the game just over 10-1/2 minutes later when Miranda gathered in an errant pass by the RedStorm and won his subsequent 1v1 matchup with Rio freshman goal keeper Daniel Merino Correa (Madrid, Spain) with a shot from the left side.

That’s how things stayed until the closing minute of the overtime period.

Rio Grande had a would-be game-winning shot by senior Samuel Pedersen (Aldershot, England) stonewalled by Grace net-minder to Joe Bowles with 59 seconds left, setting the stage for the Lancers’ race up the right sideline, which resulted in Miranda scoring the game-winner off a feed from Daigo Adachi.

Bowles recorded six saves in the win for Grace.

Correa stopped a pair of shots in the loss for Rio Grande, which also held an 8-4 edge in shots on goal and a 6-1 advantage in corner kick chances.

Rio Grande is scheduled to return to action on Thursday when it travels to Shawnee State University for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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.