RIO GRANDE, Ohio — It took a little longer than it normally would otherwise, but the University of Rio Grande managed to open its River States Conference schedule in successful fashion.
Lexi Maughmer recorded the first hat trick of her collegiate career, while Jenna Jones and Kylee Hardesty both had a goal and an assist in the RedStorm’s 7-0 rout of Brescia University on Thursday night at Evan E. Davis Field.
Rio Grande improved to 2-6-1 overall with the win — its second straight triumph.
The Bearcats, who were also playing their RSC opener, slipped to 0-10 for the season.
The game took just over three hours to complete from its originally scheduled start time — after being delayed 28 minutes at the beginning and again for 32 minutes in the second half due to lightning and heavy rain.
The RedStorm controlled the contest from the outset, outshooting their guests, 32-2, including 16-1 in shots on frame.
Rio Grande also enjoyed a 9-0 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
Jones, a senior from Lancaster, Ohio, got the scoring underway by scoring on a free kick from 25 yards out on the right wing just 6:32 into the match.
Sophomore Rachel Haddad of Gallipolis added an unassisted marker just over two minutes later, before Jones assisted on the first goal by Maughmer — a freshman from Chillicothe, Ohio — with 11:06 gone to make it 3-0.
Hardesty, also a freshman from Chillicothe, tacked on the RedStorm’s fourth goal of the opening half by finding the back of the net off of an assist by junior Rachel Ahrens with 17:26 left before intermission.
Maughmer scored each of the RedStorm’s first two goals in the second half — an unassisted marker at 58:13 and another off an assist by Hardesty at 74:10 — before junior Cassidy Young closed out the scoring with 10:03 remaining by lofting a high-arcing shot from 30 yards out over the head of Brescia goalkeeper Jordan Blemker.
Freshmen goalkeepers Andrea Vera and Alli Jones combined on the shutout for Rio.
Vera recorded the RedStorm’s lone save.
Jerrica Kidd started in goal for the Bearcats and recorded five saves in the loss.
Blemker had four saves in the second half.
Rio Grande returned to action on Saturday when it hosts Midway University for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director for the University of Rio Grande.
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