Crow leads Rio women’s soccer to milestone win
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
OWENSBORO, Ky. — Kasey Crow scored twice in a span of two minutes and Ashley Meek scored the first goal of her collegiate career, lifting the University of Rio Grande to a 3-0 victory over Brescia University, Wednesday night, in non-conference women’s soccer action at Thompson-Berry Park.
The RedStorm improved to 7-5 with the victory, setting a new school record for wins in a single season in the process. The previous high mark of six wins was set in 2011 and equaled last season.
Junior goal keeper Allison Keenery (Cincinnati, OH) also established a new school record with her fifth shutout of the season.
“We didn’t start out very well, but the flood gates opened after Kasey scored the first goal and it was 3-0 pretty quick,” said Rio Grande head coach Callum Morris. “I was disappointed, though, that we didn’t keep playing the same way we finished the first half when we moved into the second half. We played down to the level of our competition.”
The game was scoreless until Crow netted an unassisted marker in the 25th minute of the opening half.
Two minutes later, the sophomore forward from Chillicothe, Ohio found the net again off of a feed from freshman defender Carrie Mathes (Springboro, OH) to make it 2-0.
Meek, a freshman midfielder from Villa Hills, Ky., scored moments later with the aid of an assist from freshman forward Carli Henman (Bellfontaine, OH) to give Rio a commanding lead at the intermission.
“I really thought we score a few more times at that point,” Morris said. “But give Brescia credit. They played hard and had a couple of chances in the second half but, fortunately for us, they didn’t capitalize.”
Rio Grande enjoyed a 6-3 edge in shots on goal and had four corner kick opportunities to the Bearcats’ three.
Keeney was credited with three saves in the route-going performance in goal, while Cobie Harrison also had three saves in a losing effort for Brescia (2-11).
“We got the result we needed - especially after the way we played at Campbellsville the other day,” Morris said. “Allison kept another clean sheet in goal, which I think is a record, and the win gave us a new record, too. We’ll haVe to up our game against Shawnee on Saturday, though. It’s a huge, huge game for us.”
The RedStorm and the rival Bears will kickoff at 5 p.m. at Evan E. Davis Field.
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