Rio men advance to RSC Championship


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



Rio Grande’s Samuel Pedersen goes airborne to head the ball away from a Point Park player during the first half of Tuesday night’s River States Conference Men’s Soccer semifinal match at Evan E. Davis Field. The RedStorm advanced to Saturday’s final with a 5-2 win over the Pioneers.

Rio Grande’s Samuel Pedersen goes airborne to head the ball away from a Point Park player during the first half of Tuesday night’s River States Conference Men’s Soccer semifinal match at Evan E. Davis Field. The RedStorm advanced to Saturday’s final with a 5-2 win over the Pioneers.


Courtesy|Justyce Stout

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Sebastian Borquez scored one goal and assisted on another to fuel the University of Rio Grande in a 3-0 win over Point Park University, Tuesday night, in the semifinal round of the River States Conference Men’s Soccer Championship at Evan E. Davis Field.

The second-seeded RedStorm improved to 13-4 with the victory and advanced to Saturday’s title game against No. 5 seed Oakland City University, which got its spot in the final after top-seeded West Virginia University was ousted after a positive COVID-19 test.

Point Park, the No. 3 seed in the six-team bracket, closed its campaign at 7-7.

The Pioneers were dominated from start to finish and were outshot, 24-5, including 14-2 in shots on frame.

Rio Grande also had 11 of the 12 corner kick chances in the contest.

Borquez, a sophomore from Santiago, Chile, assisted on the game’s opening goal when he sent a crossing pass from the right side of the 18-yard box and senior Silas Machado (Sao Paulo, Brazil) finished with a header past PPU goalie Andrew Russell for a 1-0 lead with 25:09 left in the half.

Borquez made it 2-0 when he collected a quick touch from the right wing by sophomore Osvaldo Pereira (Campo Grande, Brazil) and found the back of the net with 12:43 remaining before the intermission.

The game’s final marker came 14:47 left to play when senior Callum Malanaphy (Stourbridge, England) scored off the deflection of a saved shot by Pereira.

Rio Grande freshman keeper Daniel Moreno Correa (Madrid, Spain) had two stops in the victory.

Russell was credited with 11 saves in a losing cause for Point Park.

Saturday’s championship tilt is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Evan E. Davis Field.

Rio Grande’s Samuel Pedersen goes airborne to head the ball away from a Point Park player during the first half of Tuesday night’s River States Conference Men’s Soccer semifinal match at Evan E. Davis Field. The RedStorm advanced to Saturday’s final with a 5-2 win over the Pioneers.
https://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2021/04/web1_4.15-RIO-Pedersen.jpgRio Grande’s Samuel Pedersen goes airborne to head the ball away from a Point Park player during the first half of Tuesday night’s River States Conference Men’s Soccer semifinal match at Evan E. Davis Field. The RedStorm advanced to Saturday’s final with a 5-2 win over the Pioneers. Courtesy|Justyce Stout

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.