RIO GRANDE, Ohio — With all due respect to historic Cincinnati Reds’ teams of the mid-1970s, the moniker “Big Red Machine” is one which suits the University of Rio Grande men’s soccer team well these days.
The RedStorm recorded a program-first on Thursday night in a 14-0 waxing of Cincinnati Christian University in River States Conference action at Evan E. Davis Field.
Rio Grande, which is ranked No. 5 in the latest NAIA coaches’ poll, improved to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play with the victory.
The RedStorm also tallied 10 or more goals in consecutive games for the first time in school history and have now outscored their opposition 64-1 this season.
Cincinnati Christian fell to 4-4 overall and 1-3 in the RSC as a result of the loss.
Sophomores Samuel Pedersen (Aldershot, England) and Callum Malanaphy (Stourbridge, England) both recorded hat tricks in the win for Rio Grande, while senior Harry Reilly (Coventry, England) added two goals and a trio of assists.
Freshmen Nicolas Cam Orellana (Santiago, Chile) and Manyumow Achol (Wellington, New Zealand) both finished with two goals and an assist for the RedStorm and senior Eduardo Zurita (Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain) scored once and assisted on two other goals.
Rio Grande, which outshot CCU 43-3 overall and 26-1 on goal, led 9-0 at the intermission.
Pedersen scored off an assist by Cam Orellana just over 10 minutes into the contest, but the RedStorm lowered the boom by adding five more goals in a span of just under six minutes.
Cam Orellana scored off of dual-assist from Reilly and senior Harry Robinson (London, England) on a corner kick, Pederson found the net thanks to an assist by Zurita, Cam Orellana scored unassisted on a breakaway, Zurita scored on a penalty kick and Reilly scored via a pass from Zurita to make it 6-0 with 19:27 left in the first half.
Achol then added consecutive unassisted scores at 30:48 and 39:16, respectively, before Malanaphy found the net thanks to an assist from Connor Paine (Cornwell, England) with 3:34 remaining before the intermission to set the score at the break.
Malanaphy scored again off a pass from Reilly just over 18-1/2 minutes into the second half, touching off a string of four goals in a span of just over 11-1/2 minutes.
Pedersen made it 11-0 with a goal off an assist by Achol, Robinson scored on a corner kick by Reilly and Reilly scored thanks to a pass from freshman Michael Garcia (London, England).
Malanaphy closed out the scoring with an unassisted marker with 7:22 remaining in the game.
Junior Richard Dearle (Castle Donington, England) recorded one save in a clean sheet effort for the RedStorm.
Alex Jacobs, who started and surrendered Rio’s first nine goals, was credited with 10 saves in the loss for CCU. Cole Garrison worked the final 27:25 in net for the Eagles and had one save.
Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday when Brescia University visits for another River States Conference match.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.