Rio men blank Pomeroys


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



ST. MARY’S, Ind. — Diego Martinez scored one goal and assisted on another, leading the University of Rio Grande to a 3-0 win over St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saturday afternoon, in River States Conference men’s soccer action at the SMWC Soccer Field.

The 14th-ranked RedStorm, who ran their unbeaten streak to nine straight outings, improved to 12-2-1 overall and 7-0 in the RSC.

The host Pomeroys fell to 6-4-2 overall and 4-3-1 in league play with the loss.

Martinez, a freshman from Santiago, Chile, scored what proved to be the only goal that would Rio would need off an assist from senior Silas Machado (Sao Paulo, Brazil) just 12:32 into the contest.

His assist came on a score by junior Charlie Chechlacz (Liecestershire, England) only 36 seconds into the second half.

The RedStorm netted the game’s final marker just over 6-1/2 minutes later when sophomore Benjamin Cam Orellana (Santiago, Chile) played a bad clearing pass by SMWC goal keeper Nicolas Thomas back to senior teammate Ewan McLauchlan (Aroch, Scotland), who buried a shot into the back of the goal.

Rio Grande finished with a 15-3 advantage in overall shots and an 8-2 edge in shots on goal.

The RedStorm also had eight of the 10 corner kick opportunities in the match.

Freshman net-minder Daniel Merino Correa (Madrid, Spain) had a pair of saves in a clean sheet effort.

Thomas recorded three saves for the Pomeroys before giving way to Luis Lopez, who tallied two stops over the final 35:11.

Rio Grande returns to action on Thursday afternoon when it returns to the Hoosier State for a matchup with Oakland City University.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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.