Rio Grande women blank Golden Bears

Randy Payton Special to OVP

October 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kasey Crow’s goal with just under 4.5 minutes remaining in the first half snapped a scoreless tie and lifted the University of Rio Grande to a 1-0 win over West Virginia University Tech, Tuesday night, in non-conference women’s soccer action at Coonskin Park’s Schoenbaum Stadium.

The RedStorm improved to 9-7 with the victory, while the Golden Bears lost for the 13th time in 17 outings.

“It was a content victory,” said Rio head coach Callum Morris. “We turned up, but it was cold. We played some good football in spurts and we were happy that we kept a clean sheet again. I wouldn’t say it was a comfortable win because they had some chances, but Allison (Keeney) made a nice save or two. We were pleased.”

Crow, a sophomore forward from Chillicothe, Ohio, scored off an assist by freshman midfielder Melissa Dickerson (Little Hocking, OH) at the 40:39 mark of the opening period for the game’s lone score.

The goal allowed Crow to move into a tie with Beth Hoffman for the school’s all-time points lead with 44. Hoffman tallied 18 goals and eight assists from 2005-07, while Crow now has 20 goals and four assists in less than two full seasons.

Rio Grande outshot its host, 14-11, but Tech enjoyed a 7-6 edge in shots on goal.

Keeney, a junior goal keeper from Cincinnati, Ohio, recorded six saves for the RedStorm, en route to recording her seventh shutout of the season.

Morgan Manning had five saves in a losing cause for the Golden Bears.

Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday afternoon in its regular season finale at the University of the Cumberlands. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.