Panthers pounce on RedStorm women’s soccer

Randy Payton Special to OVP

September 9, 2013

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Davenport University scored early and the No. 21-ranked Panthers rolled to an 8-1 victory over the University of Rio Grande in the finale of the Marge Evans Women’s Soccer Classic, Saturday night, at Evan E. Davis Field.

Shameeka Fishley netted two of three goals that the Panthers (4-1) put up on the scoreboard in the first 15 minutes of the match.

Fishley finished the game with a trio of goals, while Mackenzie VanDerWarf also contributed two goals of her own to the winning effort. Letesha Cannonier added two assists for the Panthers.

“Just simply not good enough,” said third-year Rio Grande head coach Callum Morris. “We have to go back to the drawing board. This is the worst performance that I have been in charge of in a very long time.”

A bright spot for the RedStorm occurred 36 minutes into the match when freshman midfielder Laurel Amstutz (Yellow Springs, Ohio) notched her first career goal on an impressive breakaway which led to a great shake of the goalie and an easy shot at an open net.

That would be the only glitch the Panthers defense would allow, though.

“I think some of players have to take a serious look at themselves and ask if they’re giving enough,” said Morris. “If we want to be successful this year, we’re going to have to find some heart. We created some chances, but if we don’t work hard as group we aren’t going to get anywhere.”

Davenport finished with a whopping 31-4 edge in shots.

Junior goal keeper Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, OH) was credited with 11 saves, while Davenport net-minders Michelle Marcus and Lexi Cruise did not face a shot on goal aside from the score by Amstutz.

In Saturday’s opening game, Mount Vernon Nazarene had little trouble with Union (Ky.) College and cruised to a 10-0 triumph.

Rio Grande (2-2) returns to action on Wednesday when Kentucky Christian University visits Evan E. Davis Field for a non-conference match.

Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.