Bears pay visit to No. 3 Rio Grande
Randy Payton Special to OVP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande men’s soccer team gets back into Mid-South Conference action Wednesday night when they host the University of Pikeville at Evan E. Davis Field.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Rio Grande (7-1-1 overall, 2-0-1 MSC) was able to once again empty their bench and rest some key players for the second straight outing, cruising to a 6-0 victory over Point Park University on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore forward Luiz Filho (Sao Paulo, Brazil) notched a second consecutive hat trick in the match against the Pioneers, which increased his team lead in both points (19) and goals (9). He also earned NAIA and MSC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Pau Rodriguez, a freshman forward from Barcelona, Spain, is right behind Filho in both of those categories with 14 points and six goals.
Two midfielders, senior Maxi Viera (Montevideo, Uruguay) and freshman Callum Cobb (Aldershot, England), are pacing the RedStorm passing attack with four assists apiece to their credit.
Junior goalkeeper Jon Dodson (Tiffin, OH) has been solid between the posts this season by allowing seven goals in nine games this season. Dodson has turned away 13 shots for a save percentage of .650 and pitched two shutouts.
The University of Pikeville (3-5, 1-2) enters this match after suffering a 5-0 loss at the hands of the University of Cumberlands on Saturday.
Leading the way statistically for the Bears is junior midfielder Dean Johnson, who is pacing the way with 24 points by way of seven goals and 10 assists.
Freshman midfielder Cooper Gaypia currently leads Pikeville in goals with eight to his credit.
Between the posts for the Bears is junior goalkeeper Alfredo Piedra, who has given up 16 goals in seven games. Piedra has turned away 34 shots for a save percentage of .680.
Rio Grande owns a 4-0-0 advantage all-time against Pikeville.
Live video of the match will be available at www.ihigh.com/redstorm beginning at 6:50 p.m.
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