RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Fueled by another Luiz Filho hat trick, the University of Rio Grande men’s soccer team dominated St. Catharine College, 7-0, on a drizzly, dreary night at Evan E. Davis Field.
The No. 3-ranked RedStorm (10-1-2 overall, 5-0-2 Mid-South Conference) outshot the Patriots by a whopping margin of 48-0, with 25 of those shots being on goal.
Filho, a sophomore forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, found the back of the net just over eight minutes into the match to open the scoring for the night.
Twenty-two minutes later, Filho once again notched a goal, this time courtesy of a pass from sophomore defender Romain Terzian (Valence, France).
Freshman midfielder Callum Cobb (Aldershot, England) wrapped up the scoring in the first half with a header into the goal as a result of a goalkeeper deflection to push the lead to 3-0 at the intermission.
The RedStorm would keep control in the second half and notch four more goals by way of Filho, freshman forwards Pau Rodriguez (Barcelona, Spain) and William Paulino (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore midfielder Ryota Tonegawa (Kawaguchi, Saitawa, Japan).
Filho has now scored three goals or more in five of Rio’s last six outings, pushing his season total to 20 in the process.
“I thought it was a good performance and quite a complete game from the boys tonight,” said Rio Grande assistant coach Tom Morris. “It was good to see us put a 90-minute game together. We had good concentration throughout.”
St. Catharine (2-12, 0-7) found themselves pinned in their own territory all night long, as junior goalkeeper CJ Powell battled his way to a 18-save performance while allowing all seven Rio Grande goals.
The RedStorm return to action Sunday afternoon at Evan E. Davis Field, as they host conference foe Cumberland University. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Live video will be available at www.ihigh.com/redstorm beginning at 2:50 p.m.