Rio men blitz Eagles

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Jorge Guinovart had a goal and an assist, while Joao Paulo Antonio had a pair of assists to lead top-ranked University of Rio Grande to a 4-0 win over Cincinnati Christian University, Saturday night, in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.

The RedStorm improved to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in the KIAC with the victory, which came before a season-high 1,397 fans gathered for the post-game “Rockets Over Rio” fireworks celebration.

The Eagles slipped to 4-5 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

Amazingly, Rio led just 1-0 at the intermission despite outshooting CCU, 23-1, in the opening stanza.

Freshman Ben Mendoza (Chichester, England) netted the first half goal off an assist by Antonio – a sophomore from Sao Paulo, Brazil – with 21:39 left before the break.

The RedStorm’s offensive onslaught continued in the second half – to the tune of a 26-1 edge in shots – and produced the game’s final three goals.

Guinovart, a sophomore from Barcelona, Spain, made it 2-0 off an assist by Antonio with 22:58 remaining, before adding his own assist on a goal by junior Willian Paulino (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 2-1/2 minutes later.

Junior Pau Rodriguez (Barcelona, Spain) finished out the scoring with an unassisted marker at the 78:24 mark.

Rio freshman goalie Ben Martinez (Montpellier, France) did not face a shot on goal in the win.

Bryan McDowell had a number of impressive stops among the 20 saves he recorded in goal for Cincinnati Christian.

Rio Grande returns to action next Saturday when it visits Asbury University for another KIAC match.

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

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing