Rio women beat Red Wolves in OT

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Kelsey Lee’s goal just over three minutes into overtime lifted the University of Rio Grande to a 3-2 win over Indiana University East, Saturday night, in River States Conference women’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.

The RedStorm improved to 6-5 overall and 4-0 in the RSC with a fifth consecutive win.

The winning streak is Rio’s first of five games or more since an eight-game stretch from Sept. 13-Oct. 23, 2014.

The victory also left the RedStorm above the .500 mark for the first time since a win over West Virgina University Tech on Aug. 31, 2015, which left that year’s team with a 2-1 record.

Lee, a junior from West Chester, Ohio, played a free kick from the midfield line by senior Jenna Jones (Lancaster, OH) on a bounce inside the 18-yard box and pushed a header past IUE goal keeper Amanda Nicholson for the winning mark with 3:08 gone in the extra session.

Lee’s game-winner closed out a nip-and-tuck affair which saw the two teams nearly equal each other in shots, corner kick opportunities and fouls.

The Red Wolves managed one more shot than their hosts (16-15) and one more corner kick chance (4-3), but the Red Storm enjoyed a 9-6 edge in shots on goal. The teams were whistled for 25 common fouls – 13 on Rio and 12 against IUE – and five yellow card cautions were whistled – all in the final 13:10 of regulation.

Rio took a 1-0 lead exactly 14 minutes into the contest when sophomore Daniella DeSousa (Cape Town, South Africa) gathered in a crossing pass from freshman Chase Davis (Huntington, WV) and blistered a shot into the back of the net from 15 yards out.

IUE tied things up just over 10 minutes later when Angely Luna scored off a corner kick by Bryanna Diceanu and that’s how things stayed until the RedStorm went back in front on a goal by Jones off a free kick from just beyond the left side of the 18-yard box with 30:46 left in regulation.

The Red Wolves knotted the game at 2-2 with 18:56 left to play on Cendy Mejia’s score off of a crossing pass from left to right by Diceanu, setting up the game’s dramatic finish.

Junior net-minder Andrea Vera (Quito, Ecuador) recorded four saves in the win for Rio Grande.

Nicholson was credited with six saves in a losing cause for IUE.

Rio Grande returns to action on Wednesday night when Union (Ky.) College visits for a non-conference match. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

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.