No. 11 Bulldogs too much for Rio Grande women
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — For the second time in as many games, the University of Rio Grande women’s soccer team was dealt a conference loss as the RedStorm were blanked 4-0 by Cumberland University, Sunday afternoon at Evan E. Davis Field.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 11 in the latest NAIA coaches poll, managed to outshoot Rio Grande by a count of 26-3, with a shots on goal advantage of 17-2.
Cumberland (12-1-1 overall, 8-0 MSC) notched an early goal just over three minutes into the match and were held in check until the 32nd minute when they found the back of the net for the second time in the period.
The Bulldogs would then add on to their lead in the second half with goals in the 70th and 85th minutes.
Junior forward Shauna Gilpin was the top scorer for Cumberland, as she notched both the first and last goals of the game. Rhianne Parsons added a goal and an assist in the winning effort, while Michelle Ward also found the net for the Bulldogs.
Being peppered with shots all afternoon, Rio junior goalkeeper Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, OH) gutted out a 13-save performance despite allowing all four CU goals.
Junior goalkeeper Lindsay Kitson managed two saves in the win for the Bulldogs, but she was virtually untested throughout the afternoon.
The RedStorm (8-7, 4-4) return to action Tuesday evening when they hit the road to face West Virginia Tech.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Schoenbaum Stadium in Charleston’s Coonskin Park.
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