Rio Grande women slip past Bulldogs

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Payten Davis scored her team-leading fifth goal of the year with 5:19 left in regulation, lifting the University of Rio Grande to a 2-1 win over Union (Ky.) College, Wednesday night, in non-conference women’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.

The RedStorm, who won for a sixth consecutive outing, improved its overall mark to 7-5 with the victory.

Union suffered a 10th straight loss and fell to 0-13-1 on the season.

Davis, a freshman from Chillicothe, took a pass from fellow frosh Morgan Willoughby (Wheelersburg, OH) and beat Union goal keeper Madison Meyer from the right side of the 18-yard box for what proved to be the winning marker.

The Bulldogs actually drew first blood in the back-and-forth affair when Carla Delgado collected a pass from teammate Aubree Hayes off the left wing and scored from the top of the 18 to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Delgado’s goal snapped a scoreless streak for Union – which had been blanked in each of its last four outings – that covered 474:46 over portions of six contests.

Rio scored the equalizer with 10:45 left before intermission on a scramble inside the 18 following a free kick, as freshman Chase Davis (Huntington, WV) dropped off a chip pass that junior Kelsey Lee (West Chester, OH) booted into the net for a 1-1 tie.

That’s how things stayed until Davis’ late go-ahead score and the Bulldogs managed just one shot the rest of the way, which wasn’t on goal.

Both teams finished with 16 shots overall, while Rio Grande had an 8-6 advantage in shots on frame.

Junior Andrea Vera (Quito, Ecuador) stopped five shots in the RedStorm’s winning effort.

Meyer was credited with five of UC’s six saves in a losing cause.

Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday when West Virginia University-Tech visits for a 5 p.m. kickoff. The RedStorm and the Golden Bears are currently tied atop the RSC standings at 4-0 in league play.

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.