Patriots edge Rio Grande women, 2-1

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – What started well for the University of Rio Grande women’s soccer team ended with a third straight loss.

The RedStorm scored less than 30 seconds into the match, but ended up on the short end of a 2-1 decision to the University of the Cumberlands, Saturday afternoon, at the UC Soccer Complex.

The Patriots improved to 5-1-2 with their second straight win.

Rio Grande, which also suffered its third consecutive setback to UC, slipped to 2-4.

Rio grabbed a 1-0 when senior Rachel Hoffman (Franklin, OH) scored off an assist by fellow senior Kasey Crow (Chillicothe, OH) just 27 seconds into the contest.

UC forged a 1-1 tie with 16:18 left before halftime when Asha Vilaythong found the back of the net off an assist by Sarah Rainous and took the lead for good just under 3-1/2 minutes later on an own goal by the RedStorm.

Neither team managed a serious scoring threat in the second half, combining for just seven shots altogether.

UC finished with a 10-6 edge in shots, including a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Christie Funk went the distance in goal for the Patriots and recorded three saves.

Sophomore Kristin Garn (Morrow, OH) had four saves in the loss for Rio.

The RedStorm returns to action with its first home game in more than a month, when Ohio Christian University visits for a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match on Thursday at 5 p.m.

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

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing