Rio women’s soccer takes down Bears
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Kasey Crow scored a pair of goals, while Carrie Mathes had a goal and an assist and Courtney Young handed out two assists to lead the University of Rio Grande in a 4-1 win over the University of Pikeville, Wednesday night, in Mid-South Conference women’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm improved to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in league play with the win, while also equaling the single-season school record for wins - a mark they have achieved each of the past two seasons.
The victory also gave head coach Callum Morris’ squad a two-game winning streak - its first “streak” of any kind this season after alternating wins and losses through each of its first nine outings.
Pikeville slipped to 5-4 overall and 1-3 in the MSC with the loss.
“Obviously, we needed to get a positive result out of this game,” Morris said. “It was important today that we work hard and play the full 90 minutes, which is something we didn’t do against Bluefield (last Wednesday). I thought our performance tonight, in general, was pretty strong.”
Mathes, a freshman defender from Springboro, Ohio, took over the team lead in goals by finding the net off an assist from Young - a sophomore forward from Okeana, Ohio - just 12:22 into the contest. It was her sixth goal of the season.
Crow, a sophomore forward from Chillicothe, Ohio, made it 2-0 just over 7-1/2 minutes later, scoring on a nifty pass from freshman midfielder Laurel Amstutz (Yellow Springs, OH).
The advantage grew to 3-0 just before the intermission when junior forward Karla Garn (Morrow, OH) took a pass in traffic from Young and slipped a shot past UPike goal keeper Chelsea Schulte.
Crow’s final marker, also her sixth of the season, came off an assist by Mathes just under 14 minutes into the second stanza to give Rio a 4-0 cushion.
Pikeville avoided a shutout when Kayla Scott scored at the 69:18 mark via a feed from Kaitlyn Abdon.
The Bears had just nine shots overall in the contest, only four of which were on frame, while the RedStorm had 13 total shots and seven shots on goal.
Schulte had three saves in a complete game effort for UPike, while Rio junior net-minder Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, OH) also stopped three shots.
“Even though we conceded a goal thanks to a mixup on our part, I didn’t think they presented us with too many problems,” Morris said of the Bears. “It’s a big for us, though, because it’s a conference win. We’re ahead of where we were last year and we still have seven games to play. Saturday against Campbellsville is going to be big for us, but we’re moving in the right direction. We just have to keep it going.”
Saturday’s road tilt with the Tigers is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
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