GEORGETOWN, Ky. –Richard Isberner scored two goals and assisted on another, while Oliver Hewitt-Fisher had one goal and a pair of assists, leading second-ranked Rio Grande to a 6-0 shellacking of Georgetown College, Saturday night, in Mid-South Conference men’s soccer action at Toyota Stadium/iHigh.com Field.
Isberner, a senior forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, netted both of his markers after halftime, as the RedStorm (7-1, 2-0 MSC) pulled away for the easy win.
Sophomore midfielder Caio Cruz and junior midfielder Maxi Viera also added goals for head coach Scott Morrissey’s squad, which won for the seventh straight time.
Rio’s first score of the contest actually came via an “own goal” just over nine minutes in when Cruz fired a ball off the knee of a Georgetown defender and it snuck past Tiger net-minder Stefan Iverson to make it 1-0.
Cruz pushed the lead to 2-0 at the 19:14 mark when he scored from 18 yards out on the left wing via an assist from Hewitt-Fisher – a senior midfielder from Swansea, Wales.
That’s how things stayed until a four-goal barrage covering a seven-minute span in the second stanza.
Isberner scored off an assist from senior forward Rafael Maccauro at 58:13 before assisting on a goal by Hewitt-Fisher just under two minutes later to make it 4-0.
Isberner scored his second goal of the game – and his sixth in the last four outings – off of a pass from Hewitt-Fisher to extend the advantage to 5-0 with just over 28 minutes remaining.
Viera closed out the scoring at 65:32, heading in a rebound of Hewitt-Fisher’s miss off the crossbar.
Rio Grande enjoyed a commanding 27-7 edge in shots, 16 of which were on goal.
Senior goal keeper Jack Marchant collected a pair of saves for Rio before giving way to sophomore Jon Dodson over the final 15:07, as the two combined for a shutout.
Iverson went the first 65:36 in goal for Georgetown (1-7, 1-3) and had seven saves, while Justin Davis recorded three stops in a mop-up role.
NOTES: University of Rio Grande’s Richard Isberner and Campbellsville University’s Max Malachiyev are the Mid-South Conference Men’s Soccer Players of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday. The weekly honors are the first of the season for both Isberner and Malachiyev. The award is Isberner’s eighth of his career and Malachiyev’s first. Isberner scored four goals and assisted on two others to earn MSC Offensive Player of the Week. Isberner is tied for fifth in the MSC in points (14) and goals (6) this season. Malachiyev recorded a pair of shutouts last week to earn the Mid-South’s Defensive Player of the Week. The Bowling Green, Ky., freshman goalkeeper stopped a pair of shots in the Tigers’ 4-0 win over Cumberland University to open the week.