RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Willian Paulino had a goal and an assist and Danny Carroll added a pair of assists to the lead the University of Rio Grande to a 6-2 win over Asbury University in the semifinal round of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament, Thursday night, at Evan E. Davis Field.
The top-ranked and top-seeded RedStorm improved to 17-1 with the victory, earning a spot in Saturday’s championship game in the process.
Rio will face 25th-ranked and second-seeded West Virginia University-Tech, a 2-0 winner over No. 3 seed Point Park University in Thursday’s other semifinal tilt, at 7:30 p.m., at Evan E. Davis Field.
Asbury finished 6-13 with the loss.
Carroll, a sophomore from Liverpool, England, had both of his assists in the first half as the RedStorm built a 3-0 lead at the intermission.
Rio Grande, which was playing for the first time in nearly three weeks, grabbed a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by junior Pau Delgado Rodriguez (Barcelona, Spain) with 19:37 gone in the contest, before Paulino – a junior from Sao Paulo, Brazil – and sophomore Joao Paulo Antonio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) scored just 58 seconds apart off of feeds from Carroll.
The advantage grew to 4-0 when senior Luiz Filho (Sao Paulo, Brazil) scored off an assist by Paulino just under 14 minutes into the second half and reached 5-0 just over 3-1/2 minutes later when junior Heitor de Melo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) found the net on a direct kick after an Asbury foul.
The Eagles avoided a shutout when Jesse Peterson scored on a penalty kick with 12:31 left in the contest and added another marker just over four minutes later when Zack Andrews scored off an assist by Craig Moberley.
Rio senior Kimathi Kaumbutho (Nairobi, Kenya) set the final score, scoring off of a feed from sophomore Isaiah Chapman (Cincinnati, OH) with 5:57 remaining to play.
The RedStorm enjoyed a 33-11 edge in shots, including 14-8 in shots on goal.
Freshman Ben Martinez (Montpellier, France) had six saves in goal for Rio Grande.
John Burns stopped eight shots in a losing cause for the Eagles.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.