Rio women’s soccer blanks Bluefield
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Carrie Mathes and Mary Beth Schramm scored first half goals and Allison Keeney recorded her fourth shutout of the season as the University of Rio Grande blanked visiting Bluefield (Va.) College, 2-0, Wednesday night, in Mid-South Conference women’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm continued their season-long up-and-down pattern, improving to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Head coach Callum Morris’ squad has neither won nor lost consecutive outings this season.
Rio also moved within one victory of tying the single-season school record it established over each of the previous two campaigns.
Mathes, a freshman from Springboro, Ohio, beat Bluefield goal keeper Kayla Richardson in a one-on-one situation after receiving a through pass on the left wing from freshman teammate Melissa Dickerson (Little Hocking, OH) for a 1-0 RedStorm lead just over 10 minutes into the contest.
Schramm, a senior from Marietta, Ohio, made it 2-0 at the 21:27 mark when she rifled a rebound shot past Richardson after a shot by Mathes seconds earlier ricocheted off the crossbar.
From that point on, the teams essentially played each other even.
Rio Grande finished with a 13-10 edge in shots, including 10-5 in shots on goal.
Keeney, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, stopped all five shots in net for the RedStorm, including three in the second half.
Richardson had eight saves in a losing cause for the Rams (5-3, 0-3).
Rio Grande returns to action next Wednesday when the University of Pikeville visits Evan E. Davis Field. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
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