Rio men pull away from Blue Devils


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



Rio Grande’s Cristobal Encina battles Lawrence Tech’s Adrian Miling for control of the ball during the first half of Saturday night’s 4-0 win over the Blue Devils at Evan E. Davis Field.

Rio Grande’s Cristobal Encina battles Lawrence Tech’s Adrian Miling for control of the ball during the first half of Saturday night’s 4-0 win over the Blue Devils at Evan E. Davis Field.


Courtesy photo

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Nicolas Cam Orellana scored a pair of second half goals to help the University of Rio Grande overcome a slow start and post a 4-0 win over Lawrence Tech (Mich.) University, Saturday night, in non-conference men’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.

The contest was a rematch of last year’s NAIA National Championship Opening Round showdown.

The RedStorm, ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, improved to 4-0 with a third straight shutout victory.

Lawrence Tech, which received votes in the preseason coaches’ poll, dropped to 0-3 with the loss.

Rio Grande managed just three shots in the opening stanza, but scored on two of them to take a 2-0 edge at the intermission.

Junior Callum Malanaphy (Strourbridge, England) got the scoring underway with 23:42 left in the first half, taking a touch from junior teammate Ewan McLauchlan (Aroch, Scotland) and punching a shot past LTU net-minder Max Jewett into the lower left side of the net from eight yards out.

Just under 15 minutes later, junior Samuel Pedersen (Aldershot, England) lofted a shot from 30 yards out along the right sideline which cleared the outstretched arms of Jewett for the RedStorm’s second marker of the night.

That’s how things stayed until Orellana – a sophomore from Santiago, Chile – headed in a pass from freshman Diego Montenegro (Santiago, Chile) with 29:32 left to play to extend the lead to 3-0.

Oreallna closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 3:53 remaining in the match.

Rio Grande finished with a 13-5 edge in overall shots, including a 10-3 advantage in the second half.

Senior keeper Richard Dearle (Castle Donington, England) had two saves in goal for the RedStorm.

Jewett stopped three shots in a losing cause for the Blue Devils.

Rio Grande returns to action next Thursday when it travels to the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. in Lima, Ohio.

Rio Grande’s Cristobal Encina battles Lawrence Tech’s Adrian Miling for control of the ball during the first half of Saturday night’s 4-0 win over the Blue Devils at Evan E. Davis Field.
https://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2019/09/web1_RIO-Encina.jpgRio Grande’s Cristobal Encina battles Lawrence Tech’s Adrian Miling for control of the ball during the first half of Saturday night’s 4-0 win over the Blue Devils at Evan E. Davis Field. 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.