Rio men blast Blazers

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Spencer Reinford had a pair of first half goals, while Deri Corfe scored twice and assisted on another marker in the second half to lead the University of Rio Grande in a 5-0 win over Ohio Christian University, Thursday night, in River States Conference men’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.

The RedStorm, who are ranked No. 3 in the latest NAIA coaches’ poll, won for the seventh straight and improved to 9-1 overall and 3-0 inside the conference.

OCU slipped to 2-8 overall and 0-2 in the RSC with the loss.

Rio Grande controlled the match from the outset, finishing with a commanding 43-2 edge in shots overall, a 17-1 cushion in shots on goal and a 14-1 advantage in corner kick opportunities.

Reinford, a junior from McAlisterville, Pa., staked the RedStorm to a 2-0 lead at the intermission by scoring on a pair of headers – one off an entry pass from the left wing by senior Matheus Morgan (Vila Velha, Brazil) at the 8:57 mark and another off a right wing delivery by junior Harry Reilly (Coventry, England) just over 29 minutes later.

All six of Reinford’s goals this season have come in the team’s last four games.

Corfe, a sophomore from Chester, England, got his assist on a goal by sophomore James Williamson (San Jose, Costa Rica) at 58:57 before added unassisted scores at 65:09 at 73:15 to set the final tally.

Freshman goal keeper Luis Rodriguez (San Jose, Costa Rica) had one save in the win for Rio Grande.

Roberto Varela went the distance in goal for OCU and stopped 12 shots.

Rio Grande continues its homestand on Saturday night when Indiana University East visits for 7 p.m. kickoff.

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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