Rio Grande men crush Brescia

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — There’s domination and then there’s total domination.

For the University of Rio Grande, the latter was the case on Thursday night.

The second-ranked RedStorm outshot visiting Brescia University by a staggering 48-0 count and limited the Bearcats to less than one minute of ball possession beyond the midfield stripe — en route to a 9-0 River States Conference win at a rain-soaked Evan E. Davis Field.

Eight different players scored for Rio Grande, which upped its record to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the RSC with the win.

Brescia slipped to 6-2 overall and 0-1 in league play as a result of the loss.

The Bearcats had just five seconds of possession inside Rio’s half of the field in the opening stanza, as the RedStorm fired off 29 shots and built a 7-0 lead by the intermission.

The scoring began just seven-and-a-half minutes into the contest — thanks to an own goal by the visitors.

Rio junior Joao Paulo Antonio fed the ball to junior teammate Jorge Guinovart, who attempted a header into the net, but the ball deflected off of a Brescia defender and into the goal.

Just over four minutes later, the RedStorm added two more goals in a span of 72 seconds.

Sophomore Eduardo Zurita scored off an assist by senior Pau Delgado Rodriguez and senior Callum Cobb found the net moments later thanks to an assist by Guinovart to make it 3-0.

Sophomore Harry Reilly added to the lead with 17:55 left before the break as a result of an assist by Rodriguez, while the RedStorm finished their first-half scoring with a flourish — getting unassisted goals by Rodriguez, senior Jeremy de Hoog and Guinovart in a span of just 2:25 inside the final 10 minutes of the stanza.

The goal by de Hoog came on a penalty kick.

While sophomore Ben Martinez remained in goal for the second half, Rio head coach Scott Morrissey sent 10 new players into the field for the remainder of the night.

Among the RedStorm’s 19 second-half shots were goals by freshmen Gerard McGahey at 55:22 and James Williamson exactly 18-and-a-half minutes later to set the final score.

Freshmen Deri Corfe and Alejandro Lopez, respectively, were credited with assists.

The shutout was the fifth of the season recorded by Martinez.

Max Wolf went the distance in goal for Brescia, recording a career-high 16 saves.

Rio Grande returns to action on Monday night when it hosts Marian (Ind) University for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director for the University of Rio Grande.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing