ST. CATHARINE, Ky. – Richard Isberner scored the first of his four goals just 12 seconds into the game, while Maxi Viera finished with three assists as the No. 2-ranked University of Rio Grande rolled to a 5-0 win over St. Catharine College, Wednesday evening, in Mid-South Conference men’s soccer action at Barber Soccer Complex.
Rio Grande, which won for the eighth straight time, improved to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play with the victory.
The RedStorm, which outscored the Patriots by a combined score of 31-1 in their two meetings last season, also got a goal and an assist from senior midfielder Oliver Hewitt-Fisher.
Isberner, the reigning MSC Offensive Player of the Week, followed his unassisted marker in the game’s opening seconds with another goal at 15:11 – thanks to a Viera assist – to make it 2-0.
The lead grew to 3-0 with 3:27 remaining before the intermission when Isberner headed in a corner kick by Viera.
Isberner’s final goal of the contest came at 55:32 thanks to an assist by Hewitt-Fisher, before Hewitt-Fisher rounded out the scoring when he found the back of the net off of a feed Viera at 68:43.
The RedStorm outshot their hosts, 22-9, although only seven of the shots were on goal.
Senior goal keeper Jack Marchant went the first 76:49 in goal and recorded a trio of saves, before giving way to sophomore Jon Dodson to complete the shutout.
C.J. Powell went the distance in net and had two saves in a losing cause for St. Catharine.
Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday night, hosting MSC rival and top-ranked Lindsey Wilson College in the NAIA national Game of the Week. The Blue Raiders edged the RedStorm twice last season en route to winning a national championship.