Lady Bears top URG, 5-1

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Kyla Toles and Maddie Woodard each had two goals and an assist to lead visiting Shawnee State University to a 5-1 win over the University of Rio Grande, Wednesday night, in non-conference women’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.

The Bears, who posted their first win in the rivalry series since 2012, improved to 6-4-1.

Rio Grande suffered its second straight loss and its fifth setback in the last six outings, slipping to 3-6.

Shawnee State, which enjoyed a 16-1 first half advantage in shots, bolted to a 4-0 lead at the intermission and was never seriously threatened.

Woodard assisted on a goal by Schuyler Jones just 10:43 into the contest to get the scoring underway, before Toles scored both of her markers off assists from Jenny Campbell and 29:15 and 31:38, respectively, to make it 3-0.

Woodward had an unassisted goal 9:23 left in the half to give the Bears the four-goal cushion at the break.

Shawnee’s 4-0 lead remained intact until the game’s closing moments, when Rio freshman Morgen Grunkemeyer (Piqua, OH) scored with 5:17 remaining in the contest to allow the RedStorm to avoid a shutout.

Shawnee got the goal back a little less than three minutes later, though, when Woodard scored off a Toles’ assist to set the final margin of victory.

Michaela Garner had two saves in net for the Bears, who finished with a 23-8 edge in shots.

Sophomore Kristin Garn (Morrow, OH) stopped 11 shots in a route-going performance in goal for Rio.

Rio Grande will return to action on Saturday, at 5 p.m., when Cincinnati Christian University visits for a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.

The Eagles took a 2-8 record overall and an 0-1 mark in league play into Thursday night’s game with Midway University.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing