OWENSBORO, Ky. — Finally, the University of Rio Grande women’s soccer team found a way to finish.
The RedStorm scored four second half goals, including two by Payten Davis, en route to a 5-0 victory over Brescia University, Monday night, in River States Conference action at Kamuf Park.
Rio Grande snapped a three-game losing slide, improving to 2-11 overall and 2-3 in league play with the win.
The Bearcats dropped to 2-11 overall and 0-5 inside the RSC with the loss.
Rio Grande – which had been shutout twice in its last four outings despite outshooting the opposition – enjoyed a whopping advantage in shot attempts again on Monday.
The RedStorm had a 29-7 edge in shots overall, and a 20-6 advantage in shots on goal. The 29 shots and 20 shots on frame both represented season-highs for head coach Tony Daniels’ squad.
The five goals also equaled a season-high set, not so surprisingly, in the club’s other victory – a 5-1 triumph over Midway University on Sept. 26.
Davis, a junior from Chillicothe, Ohio and the league’s Player of the Year last season, finished with three goals in the win – her first three goals of the season.
Davis scored what proved to be the only goal that Rio would need with 9:08 left in the opening half before scoring again – off an assist by senior Ambar Torres (Guyaquil, Ecuador) – just over 14-1/2 minutes into the second stanza to start a four-goal barrage in a span of 18 minutes.
Junior Chase Davis (Huntington, WV) scored her second goal of the season two minutes later, thanks to a feed from freshman Trinity Hassey (Westerville, OH), to make it 3-0 and Payten Davis completed her hat trick thanks to an unassisted marker with 17:14 left to play.
Torres set the final score with an unassisted goal of her own exactly five minutes later.
Freshman Jayla Brown (Chillicothe, OH) stopped six shots in goal for Rio, notching the first shutout of her collegiate career.
Savannah Jackson recorded a season-high 15 saves in a losing cause for Bearcats, her highest single-game total since stopping 16 shots in last season’s meeting with Rio Grande.
Rio Grande returns to action on Thursday when it travels to Beckley, W.Va. for a meeting with conference rival West Virginia University-Tech.
Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. at the YMCA/Paul Cline Soccer Complex.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.