RedStorm open season with 2 wins


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



Rio Grande’s Eduardo Zurita is congratulated by teammates after his second half goal in Friday night’s 3-0 win at Saint Xavier University.

Rio Grande’s Eduardo Zurita is congratulated by teammates after his second half goal in Friday night’s 3-0 win at Saint Xavier University.


Courtesy photo

CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Rio Grande opened its 2018 men’s soccer season in successful fashion Friday night, posting a 3-0 win over Saint Xavier University at Deaton Field.

The RedStorm, who entered the contest ranked No. 16 in the preseason NAIA coaches’ poll, outshot the host Cougars, 13-5, and allowed only two shots on frame in the contest.

Rio Grande scored what proved to be the only goal it would need with a little more than 21 minutes gone in the opening half when sophomore Samuel Pederson (Aldershot, England) found the back of the net off a crossing pass from junior James Williamson (San Jose, Costa Rica).

The lead reached 2-0 with 6:41 remaining before the intermission when freshman Nicolas Cam Orellana (Santiago, Chile) broke free on a dribble inside the right side of the box and pushed a shot past SXU net-minder Shane Badertscher.

The RedStorm’s final marker of the night came just over 12 minutes into the second half when senior Harry Reilly (Coventry, England) lofted a crossing pass from 25 yards out on the right wing and fellow senior Eduardo Zurita (Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain) scored on a nifty one-timer.

Rio junior goalkeeper Richard Dearle (Castle Donington, England) recorded a pair of stops in his debut en route to a clean sheet effort.

Badertscher stopped four shots in a losing cause for the Cougars.

Benjamin Andoh snapped a scoreless tie with a goal just over 13 minutes into the second half and lifted the University of Rio Grande to a 1-0 win over Roosevelt University, Sunday afternoon, in non-conference men’s soccer action at Toyota Park.

The RedStorm improved to 2-0 with the victory.

The loss came in the 2018 season opener for the Lakers.

The match was a defensive struggle from the outset and featured just nine shots on goal combined – six by Rio Grande and three by Roosevelt.

Andoh, a sophomore from Glasgow, Scotland, netted the game’s lone marker at the 58:16 mark of the contest off a feed from senior Eduardo Zurita (Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain).

The Lakers, who were outshot 10-7 overall, managed just one shot on frame after the RedStorm’s go-ahead goal and that came 52 seconds after Andoh’s score.

Freshman Simon Grande (Ontario, Canada) had three saves in the shutout effort – his first career appearance in goal for Rio Grande.

Jesus Velasco had five saves in a losing cause for Roosevelt.

Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday, entertaining Indiana Tech in its home opener at Evan E. Davis Field.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Rio Grande’s Eduardo Zurita is congratulated by teammates after his second half goal in Friday night’s 3-0 win at Saint Xavier University.
https://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2018/08/web1_8.21-RIO-Celebrate.jpgRio Grande’s Eduardo Zurita is congratulated by teammates after his second half goal in Friday night’s 3-0 win at Saint Xavier University. Courtesy photo

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.