CHICAGO, Ill. — Jeremy de Hoog scored one goal and assisted on another as top-ranked University of Rio Grande upended Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) University, 2-1, in non-conference men’s soccer action Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park.
The RedStorm improved to 2-0 with the victory, spoiling the Wolves’ season opener in the process.
Junior Jorge Guinovart gave Rio a 1-0 lead when he scored off of a corner kick by de Hoog in the game’s 22nd minute.
The Wolves knotted the score at 1-1 with just under eight minutes left before the intermission on a penalty kick by Scott Evans — and that’s how things stayed until de Hoog’s go-ahead score in the second stanza.
The senior from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, who scored the game-winning goal for the RedStorm in last year’s national championship game, found the back of the net on a penalty kick of his own in the 67th minute.
Rio Grande finished with a 14-6 edge in shots, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Sophomore net-minder Ben Martinez recorded three saves in the win for the RedStorm, while Bernie Macais had seven stops in a losing cause for Cardinal Stritch.
Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday night when it opens the home portion of its schedule against Indiana Wesleyan University.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Evan E. Davis Field.