Late goal lifts Rio men to victory

MARION, Ind. — Harry Reilly’s goal with 4:31 left to play snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the University of Rio Grande to a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Indiana Wesleyan University, Saturday night, in non-conference men’s soccer action at Wildcat Field.

The RedStorm, ranked No. 5 in the latest NAIA coaches’ Top 25, rebounded from a shutout loss one week ago at the University of Mobile and improved to 3-1 on the season.

Indiana Wesleyan slipped to 2-3 with the loss.

Reilly, a junior from Coventry, England, gathered in a pass from freshman Ben Andoh (Glasgow, Scotland) near the top of the 18-yard box and took two steps before re-positioning the ball and whistling a shot past a diving IWU goalie Lucas Fancello and into the net for what proved to be the game-winner.

Rio Grande grabbed a 1-0 lead just six minutes into the contest on an unassisted marker by junior Eduardo Zurita (Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain), but the host Wildcats knotted the score on an unassisted goal by Sammy Conti with 12:28 left before halftime.

That’s how things stayed until Reilly scored his second goal of the season.

Indiana Wesleyan finished with a 12-11 edge in shots overall, although both teams recorded eight shots on goal and Rio finished with a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

Freshman Luis Rodriguez (San Jose, Costa Rica) had five saves in a winning effort for the RedStorm.

Facello stopped five shots in a losing cause for the Wildcats.

Rio Grande will return to action on Thursday when Indiana Tech visits Evan E. Davis Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

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