WILMORE, Ky. — Kelsie Lee scored a tie-breaking goal with just under 19 minutes remaining and Andrea Vera stopped a would-be, game-tying penalty kick just over five minutes later, lifting the University of Rio Grande to a 2-1 win over Asbury University, Thursday night, in River States Conference women’s soccer action at the Asbury Soccer/Lacrosse Field.
Rio Grande improved to 6-8-2 overall and 4-3-1 in conference play, while just about all but assuring itself a spot in the upcoming RSC Tournament.
Asbury, which had beaten the RedStorm in each of the last four meetings dating back to the 2014 KIAC Tournament Championship Game, slipped to 8-7 overall and 5-2 in the RSC with the loss.
The Eagles grabbed a 1-0 just over nine minutes into the match when Courtney Howe scored off an assist by Logan Hall, but Rio was able to forge a 1-1 tie when sophomore Chase Davis (Huntington, WV) headed in a corner kick opportunity by junior Brooklyn Pritt (Scott Depot, WV) with 2:26 remaining before the intermission.
That’s how things stayed until the go-ahead goal by Lee – a senior from West Chester, Ohio – off an assist by Pritt with 18:41 left in the contest.
Asbury had a chance to score the equalizer on a penalty kick with a little more than 13 minutes left in regulation, but Vera – a senior from Quito, Ecuador – made a diving stop of Howe’s kick to keep the RedStorm in front.
The Eagles had five corner kick tries in the final 12:55 of the match, but failed to get off another shot on goal.
Vera recorded four saves in the winning effort for Rio.
Jamie Downey took the loss in goal for Asbury, allowing both RedStorm scores after entering late in the first half.
Carley Pyles started in net for the Eagles and had one save before leaving with 3:32 remaining before the intermission.
Rio Grande finished with a 13-6 advantage in overall shots, but had just a 7-5 edge in shots on goal.
Asbury had nine corner kicks to the RedStorm’s one try.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.