RIO GRANDE, Ohio — On the heels of a loss at Union College last Saturday, it’s safe to say that the follow-up effort of the University of Rio Grande men’s soccer team looked more like on from the nation’s top-ranked squad.
Junior Willian Paulino netted a pair of goals and the RedStorm scored twice in the first 12 minutes of the match, cruising to a 7-0 victory over rival Shawnee State University, Wednesday night, in non-conference action at Evan E. Davis Field.
Rio Grande upped its overall mark to 12-1 with the win.
The Bears, who are now 0-25 in the all-time series with Rio, fell to 5-7 with the loss.
Paulino (Sao Paulo, Brazil) got the scoring started with an unassisted marker just over four minutes into the match, while freshman Eduardo Zurita (Barcelona, Spain) found the net off of an assist by sophomore Joao Paulo Antonio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) to make it 2-0.
Junior Jeremy de Hoog’s (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) goal at 25:35 off of a free kick – a ball which was initially stopped by Shawnee goalkeeper Corey Huneke before squirting free – and junior Heitor de Melo’s (Sao Paulo, Brazil) marker via a feed from freshman Ben Mendoza (Chichester, England) with 5:24 left before halftime produced a 4-0 lead at the break.
Paulino tacked on his team-best 11th goal of the season thanks to an assist by senior Kimathi Kaumbutho (Nairobi, Kenya) just over 17-1/2 into the second stanza to make it 5-0, before an unassisted goal by sophomore Spencer Reinford (McAlisterville, PA) with 6:31 remaining and an own goal against the Bears with 4:48 left set the final score.
Rio finished with a commanding 28-4 edge in shots, including 12-2 on goal.
Freshman Ben Martinez (Montpellier, France) recorded two saves in the win for the RedStorm. The shutout was his seventh clean sheet of the year.
Brandon Pfeiffer started in goal for the Bears and recorded one save before being ejected as a result of a red card just over 13-1/2 minutes into the match. Huneke spent the final 76:21 in net for SSU and had four saves.
Rio Grande will return to action on Saturday when Cincinnati Christian University visits for a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., with the annual “Rockets Over Rio” fireworks celebration to follow approximately 30 minutes after the game’s conclusion.
Cincinnati Christian took a 4-4 record overall and an 0-2 mark in league play into Thursday night’s non-conference tilt with Thomas More College.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.