Second half rally lifts Tigers past Rio Grande
by Randy Payton
Special to OVP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Alex Shaffer’s goal just over 17 minutes into the second half snapped a scoreless tie and kickstarted Campbellsville University on its way to a 3-0 win over the University of Rio Grande, Saturday night, in Mid-South Conference women’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.
Toria Alsip and Kailene Allis added goals in the win for the Tigers, who improved to 8-6-1 overall and 6-2 in the MSC with a third straight shutout victory.
Rio Grande slipped to 6-9 overall and 2-6 in league play with the loss and was denied in its quest to equal a single-season school record for wins. The setback also cost head coach Callum Morris’ squad a shot at the program’s first .500 or better regular season finish.
The RedStorm were outshot by their guests, 21-3, including 15-2 in the pivotal second half.
Shaffer scored off an assist from Bailey McDonough at 62:14 to give Campbellsville the lead and Alsip added an unassisted marker just under 11 minutes later to make it 2-0.
Allis set the final score with 4:05 remaining in the contest, scoring her first collegiate goal via a feed from teammate Jessica Ralph.
Brandi Hagerman, the reigning MSC Defensive Player of the Week, stopped all three Rio shots in goal en route to her ninth shutout win of the year for the Tigers.
Sophomore goal keeper Allison Keeney recorded eight saves in a losing cause for the RedStorm.
Saturday’s game was the final home outing for seniors Katie Fuller and Venessa Montgomery, both of whom were honored in post-game ceremonies.
Rio Grande will get another shot at a record-tying win on Wednesday night when it wraps up regular season play at Bluefield (Va.) College. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
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