Rio men pull away from Midway

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

MIDWAY, Ky. — Harry Reilly scored two of the University of Rio Grande’s four second half goals and assisted on another, leading the RedStorm to a 5-0 win over Midway University, Saturday afternoon, in River States Conference men’s soccer action at a damp and muddy Midway Soccer Field.

Senior Eduardo Zurita (Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain) added a goal and an assist for the third-ranked RedStorm, who finished their regular season schedule at 16-0 overall and 9-0 in league play.

Rio Grande will have a first round bye in the upcoming RSC Tournament and will next host the survivor of the quarterfinal round matchup between the still-to-be-determined No. 4 and No. 5 seeds on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at a time to be determined.

Midway slipped to 5-11 overall and 4-5 in the conference with the loss.

Rio netted the lone first half goal in the match when freshman Nicolas Cam Orellana (Santiago, Chile) scored his conference-leading 20th goal of the season on a penalty kick with 17:57 left before halftime.

Sophomore Ewan McLauchlan (Aroch, Scotland) extended the lead to 2-0 with 31:22 remaining in the contest with a short chip through the lower right corner of the goal.

The RedStorm’s final three goals came in the last 10:09 of the match.

Reilly, a senior from Coventry, England, gathered in a pass from Zurita and booted a shot over the head of Midway keeper Andres Ordonez from 10 yards out.

Just under two minutes later, Zurita took a pass from Reilly and pushed a shot into an open net from five yards out to make it 4-0.

Reilly set the final score with 1:15 left, scoring on a rebound of a shot by senior teammate Mitchell Osmond (Sydney, Australia) which Ordonez saved but failed to hang on to.

Rio finished with a 19-8 edge in shots overall, including a 12-6 advantage in shots on frame.

The RedStorm also had a 10-3 cushion in corner kick chances.

Junior Richard Dearle (Castle Donington, England) recorded six saves in the win for Rio.

Ordonez stopped seven shots in the loss for the Eagles.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

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

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