RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Allana Shelton had the first multi-goal game of her career, while teammates Alex Davis and Kasey Crow added one goal and one assist each, to lead the University of Rio Grande to a 5-0 triumph over the University of Pikeville, Saturday evening, in Mid-South Conference women’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm, who won for just the second time in their last six outings, improved to 6-8 overall and 2-5 in the MSC.
With the victory, head coach Callum Morris’s squad also assured itself of a spot in next month’s MSC Tournament, as well as affording itself the opportunity to finish the regular season with a .500 record. Rio has games with Campbellsville and at Bluefield remaining on its slate.
The RedStorm scored twice inside the first five minutes against the Bears and were never seriously threatened.
Shelton, a sophomore forward, scored on a header following a corner kick by Davis just 3:04 into the match and junior defender Mary Beth Schramm lofted a shot that somehow got past UPike net-minder Brittany Hatfield and into the net just over a minute and a half later to make it 2-0.
That’s how things stayed until the 51:22 mark when Davis – a junior forward – scored on a direct kick after a foul against the Bears to increase the lead to 3-0.
Shelton scored for the second time off an assist from Crow at 61:30, before the freshman forward found the net for herself at 72:49 via a feed from freshman forward Courtney Young to round out the scoring.
Sophomore goal keeper Allison Keeney earned the win for Rio, collecting three saves in the first 71:26 before giving way to junior Hannah Stickelman, who did not face a shot on goal over the final 18:34 en route to completing the shutout.
Hatfield took the loss for Pikeville (3-7, 0-6), allowing four goals and collecting two saves in the first 68:13 of the match. Emily Owen surrendered the final Rio goal.
Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday, hosting Campbellsville University for Senior Night. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
The game will mark the final appearance at home for seniors Jessica Gall, Katie Fuller and Vanessa Montgomery.