Rio women fall to No. 20 Marian


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Paige Newton scored a pair of goals to lead 20th-ranked Marian University past the University of Rio Grande, 3-0, Wednesday night, in non-conference women’s soccer action at St. Vincent Field.

The Knights improved to 6-2 with the victory, while also earning their fifth shutout of the season.

Rio Grande slipped to 1-5 overall with its fourth straight loss.

Marian netted what proved to be the only goal it would need just over 17 minutes into the match when Brittney Zendejas scored on a scramble for a loose ball following a corner kick opportunity.

Newton then added the first of her two markers with 11:08 left before the intermission when she eluded Rio junior goal keeper Andrea Vera (Quito, Ecuador) and fired a shot which deflected off the post and into the goal for a 2-0 advantage.

That’s how things stayed until Newton finished off the scoring with a header off a corner kick try by Courtney Denney with 21:28 left to play.

The Knights finished with a 19-8 edge in shots – including 11-3 in the second half – and had a 12-5 advantage in shots on goal. The hosts also had a 10-0 cushion in corner kick chances.

Vera finished with nine saves in a losing cause for the RedStorm.

Brenna Malatestinic stopped five shots in the win for Marian.

Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Goshen (Ind.) College in a non-conference game at Evan E. Davis Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

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

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

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