RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Eduardo Zurita scored off a loose ball with 1:36 remaining in the second overtime period to lift the University of Rio Grande past Westmont (Calif.) College, 2-1, Friday night, in the opening round of the RedStorm Soccer Classic at the Rio Auxiliary Field.
Zurita, a freshman from Barcelona, Spain, collected the ball in front of the net off of a ricochet of junior Pau Rodriguez’s (Barcelona, Spain) corner kick and fired a shot past Westmont goal keeper Josh Glover for the game-winner.
Rio Grande, which outshot the Warriors, 33-5, including 7-1 in the two overtime sessions, improved to 4-0 on the season.
Westmont slipped to 1-1 with the loss.
The RedStorm grabbed a 1-0 lead with 20:22 left in regulation thanks to an unassisted marker by sophomore Isaiah Chapman (Cincinnati, OH), but the Warriors netted the tying score when Wilton Quintero scored on a penalty kick with 2:59 left in the contest.
Neither team scored in the first extra session and the match appeared ended for a tie before Zurita ended the night with the game-winner.
Freshman Ben Martinez (Montpellier, France) stopped three shots in a route-going performance in goal for Rio Grande, which entered the game ranked No. 5.
Glover had seven saves in a losing cause for Westmont.
Both teams return to action on Saturday. The Warriors face Point Park in the 4 p.m. opener, while the RedStorm meet No. 8 Vanguard University in the 7 p.m. nightcap. Vanguard toppled Point Park, 3-1, in Friday’s opener.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.