Rio women fall in RSC tournament title game


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



WILMORE, Ky. — Mia Wiersma scored a pair of goals, while Emily Hubbuch added a goal and an assist to lead Asbury University in a 3-0 win over the University of Rio Grande, Saturday afternoon, in the championship game of the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament at the Asbury Soccer/Lacrosse Complex.

The second-seeded Eagles, who posted a 1-0 overtime win over the RedStorm in the regular season finale for both teams, improved to 14-4-1 with the win and earned the league’s automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament.

Rio Grande saw its second-most successful season in program history end at 10-9-1.

Asbury wasted little time in setting the tone, scoring twice in the first 16 minutes of the match and out-shooting the RedStorm 12-3 in the opening half.

Wiersma scored her first goal of the day off the assist by Hubbuch just 3:24 into the contest, giving the Eagles what proved to be the only goal they would need.

Hubbuch scored an unassisted marker 12-1/2 minutes later to make it 2-0 and Wiersma found the net once more with 7:53 left before the intermission to set the final score.

Asbury finished with a 15-7 edge in shots overall, along with a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Brooke Perkins stopped four shots in goal for the Eagles.

Rio junior goal keeper Andrea Vera (Quito, Ecuador) had six saves in a losing cause.

Saturday’s game was the last in a Rio uniform for the senior quartet of Jenna Jones (Lancaster, OH), Cassidy Young (Mount Healthy, OH), Andrea Maxwell (Beavercreek, OH) and Kristin Garn (Morrow, OH).

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.