Late goal lifts Rio men past IWU
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Luiz Filho scored off a feed from teammate Logan Gumbert with just over two minutes to play giving the University of Rio Grande a hard-fought 1-0 win over Indiana Wesleyan University, Friday night, at muggy Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm, ranked No. 9 in the NAIA preseason coaches poll, improved to 2-0 with the win.
Indiana Wesleyan, which received votes in the preseason poll, slipped to 1-1 with the loss.
Filho, a sophomore forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil found the back of the net with 2:09 left in the contest for the game’s lone marker.
Gumbert, a junior defender from Anderson, Ohio, fired a pass from the right middle which senior midfielder Maxi Viera (Montevideo, Uruguay) wisely elected to slip past him, allowing Filho - who had slipped behind a Wildcat defender - to receive the ball and fire the game-winning shot.
“Overall, I was pleased,” said Rio Grande head coach Scott Morrissey. “At halftime, we made a couple of adjustments and in the second half we really stopped them. I don’t think they had a scoring opportunity.”
In fact, Rio Grande enjoyed a 14-1 edge in shots for the game, including an 8-0 advantage in the second half.
The Wildcats’ one shot in the match came midway through the first half when Taylor Lehman hit the left post.
Five of the RedStorm’s total shots were on goal, but none got past IWU keeper Zach Hammon until Filho’s game-winner in the closing moments.
“We had clear-cut opportunities at different stages of the match, but we weren’t very good in the final third of the field,” Morrissey said. “I was encouraged with what I saw, though, particularly with some of the new guys. We certainly have things to work on, but I think it’s beginning to come together pretty nicely for us.”
Junior keeper Jon Dodson (Tiffin, OH) earned his second career shutout in net for the RedStorm.
Hammon had four saves in the loss for the Wildcats.
Rio Grande returns to action next Friday against Davenport (Mich.) University in the first round of the Indiana Wesleyan Classic. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.
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