RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Nicolas Cam Orellana scored a pair of second half goals to help the University of Rio Grande overcome a slow start and post a 4-0 win over Lawrence Tech (Mich.) University, Saturday night, in non-conference men’s soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.
The contest was a rematch of last year’s NAIA National Championship Opening Round showdown.
The RedStorm, ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, improved to 4-0 with a third straight shutout victory.
Lawrence Tech, which received votes in the preseason coaches’ poll, dropped to 0-3 with the loss.
Rio Grande managed just three shots in the opening stanza, but scored on two of them to take a 2-0 edge at the intermission.
Junior Callum Malanaphy (Strourbridge, England) got the scoring underway with 23:42 left in the first half, taking a touch from junior teammate Ewan McLauchlan (Aroch, Scotland) and punching a shot past LTU net-minder Max Jewett into the lower left side of the net from eight yards out.
Just under 15 minutes later, junior Samuel Pedersen (Aldershot, England) lofted a shot from 30 yards out along the right sideline which cleared the outstretched arms of Jewett for the RedStorm’s second marker of the night.
That’s how things stayed until Orellana – a sophomore from Santiago, Chile – headed in a pass from freshman Diego Montenegro (Santiago, Chile) with 29:32 left to play to extend the lead to 3-0.
Oreallna closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 3:53 remaining in the match.
Rio Grande finished with a 13-5 edge in overall shots, including a 10-3 advantage in the second half.
Senior keeper Richard Dearle (Castle Donington, England) had two saves in goal for the RedStorm.
Jewett stopped three shots in a losing cause for the Blue Devils.
Rio Grande returns to action next Thursday when it travels to the University of Northwestern Ohio.
Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. in Lima, Ohio.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.