Rio Grande men blitz Blazers

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

GROVE CITY, Ohio — For the second time in three outings, the University of Rio Grande’s defensive play did all it could to steal the thunder from a high-powered offense.

The RedStorm did not allow host Ohio Christian a shot attempt in a 6-0 River States Conference win over the Trailblazers, Thursday afternoon, at Grove City Christian School’s Stadium Turf.

The game was originally scheduled to be played on the OCU campus in Circleville, but was moved due to poor field conditions.

Rio Grande, ranked No. 2 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25, improved to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in the RSC.

The RedStorm, who had outshot Brescia (Ky.) and Marian (Ind.) by a combined 86-2 over their previous two outings – including a 48-0 advantage against Brescia – enjoyed a 17-0 cushion over OCU on Thursday.

Senior Lucas Talaveira-Befi (Sao Paulo, Brazil) scored twice in the victory, while junior Jorge Guinovart (Barcelona, Spain) had a goal and an assist and sophomore Harry Reilly (Coventry, England) assisted on two scores.

Reilly’s assists came on the game’s first two markers – a goal by Guinovart at 14:50 and a header by Befi just over seven minutes later.

Senior Pau Rodriguez (Barcelona, Spain) had the RedStorm’s final goal of the first half thanks to an assist by senior Callum Cobb (London, England) just over four minutes after Befi’s score.

Befi’s second goal got the second half scoring underway and made it 4-0 just 9:25 into the stanza, while junior Isaiah Chapman (Cincinnati, OH) and freshman Tim Adam Tuomikoski (Helsinki, Finland) added the final two scores inside the final 15 minutes of the match.

Freshman James Williamson (San Jose, Costa Rica) assisted on Chapman’s goal at 75:57, while Tuomikoski’s came on a free kick with 9:50 left to play.

Sophomore Ben Martinez (Montpellier, France) got the win in goal for the RedStorm.

Roberto Valera had two saves in a route-going performance in net for the Trailblazers.

Rio Grande returns to action next Thursday when it faces 16th-ranked West Virginia University-Tech in a key River States Conference match at the YMCA Soccer Complex in Beckley, W.Va.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing