CENTERVILLE, Ind. – Lucia de la Llera scored just over seven minutes into the game and the University of Rio Grande claimed the 1-0 victory over Indiana University East on Saturday afternoon in the Women’s football action from the River States Conference at Centerville High School Bulldog Stadium.
The RedStorm (2-5-1, 2-1 RSC) won for a second straight outing and ended a three-game losing streak against the Red Wolves.
IU East fell to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in the league following the loss.
de la Llera, a rookie from Savilla, Spain, scored his first goal of the season – on a pass from left wing rookie Kotomi Kaneshima (Himeji, Japan) – just 7.20 am into the game.
From that point on, Rio defense and first-year goaltender Isabel Ruff (Lancaster, OH) – who was making her first college start in net – did the rest.
The Red Wolves had a 13-12 advantage in overall shots, but Rio enjoyed a 9-6 advantage in shots on frame and a 2-1 cushion in kicking chances. corner.
Ruff recorded six saves in the clean sheet effort.
Gabby Mitchum made eight saves in goal for IU East.
Silva hat trick fuels Rio victory
CENTERVILLE, Ind. – Gabriel Silva scored three goals and the University of Rio Grande pulled out late to a 4-0 victory over Indiana University East on Saturday afternoon in men’s football action at the River States Conference at Bulldog Stadium at Centerville High School.
Rio Grande, ranked No. 20 in the latest NAIA coaching poll, improved to 6-2-1 overall and 2-0 in conference.
IU East slipped to 0-10-1 on aggregate and 0-3 in RSC with loss.
Silva, a freshman from Sao Luis, Brazil, gave Rio a lead he would never give up with 23:08 left in the first half when he played a touch from senior teammate Caio Mazzo Noguiera (Sao Paulo, Brazil) at the back of the net.
This is how things stayed until the end of the second half.
Silva scored unassisted with 16:41 left to play, then added another scorer – on a second-year touchdown Osvaldo Pereria (Campo Grande, Brazil) – just 38 seconds later to make it 3-0.
Sophomore Diego Montenegro (Santiago, Chile) scored the final score with just seven seconds left when he scored after the Red Wolves failed to clear a ball in front of their own goal.
The RedStorm finished with a 16-6 advantage in overall shots – including 9-0 in the first half – and a 6-0 advantage in shots on target.
Rio also had 10 of 13 corner kick opportunities in the contest.
Freshman Daniel Merino Correa (Madrid, Spain) scored the white in front of Rio’s goals.
Peter Lamprou was credited with six saves in the loss for IU East.
RedStorm Fighting Scots Volleyball Rolls
RIO GRANDE, Ohio – After spitting out an opportunity to take a two-set lead, the University of Rio Grande has never lagged in the past two periods en route to a 3-1 triumph (25-22, 25- 27, 25-15, 25-12) over Ohio Valley University on Saturday afternoon during River States Conference volleyball action at Newt Oliver Arena.
The RedStorm improved to 5-6 overall and 3-2 in the league with a fourth straight win.
Ohio Valley slipped to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the RSC.
The Fighting Scots rebounded from the first set loss, scoring the final three second set winners after Rio pulled off a set point situation at 25-24 following an OVU attack error.
But, a kill from Zulariam DeJesus, an attacking error from Rio and a service ace from Shayne Sanders allowed the visitors to forge a game tie.
However, it’s as close as the Fighting Scots would get the rest of the way.
The RedStorm used a 7-0 push in the third set to take a 16-8 lead and led by a whopping seven points for the rest of the stanza. A 9-0 run in Rio gave a 20-8 lead in the fourth set and ultimately the game’s victory.
Sophomore Amanda Rarick (Canal Winchester, OH) recorded a record 15 kills to punctuate Rio Grande, while juniors Jess Youse (Pettisville, OH) and Beth Arnold (Williamstown, WV) finished with 12 respectively. and 10 kills. Youse also had two solo blocks and 10 assists.
Freshman Avery Huntzinger (Canal Winchester, OH) had a record 38 assists and a team record of three serving aces for the RedStorm, while sophomore Darcie Walters (Sparta, OH) had collected 11 recoveries in the winning effort. Sophomore Kylie Ricker (Plain City, OH) and rookie Lauren Jolly (Wheelersburg, OH) added 10 digs in the win.
Ohio Valley, which only had a 0.060 swing percentage (43 eliminations, 34 errors, 149 attacks), had 12 eliminations and 10 recoveries from DeJesus in a losing cause.
Madison Logan had 12 digs for the Fighting Scots, while Sanders had 11 digs and four serving aces and Lyndi Starkey gave 40 assists.
RedStorm men take second place in Forgey Invite
RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande ranked three of the top 10 to take second place as a team in the men’s division of the 50th Annual Patty Forgey Invitational Cross Country Championship, Saturday afternoon, during cross- country of Rio Grande.
Freshman Danuel Persinger (Glouster, OH), junior Austin Setty (Fairfield, OH) and senior Dean Freitag (Magnolia, OH) made the trio of top finishers on the head coach’s team. Bob Willey, who totaled 46 points to finish behind the Shawnee State University team title list.
The Bears tallied 16 points to win the crown, while the University of Pikeville was third with 79 points.
Persinger finished sixth in the overall standings with a time of 28:12 on the 8 km course. Setty and Freitag finished ninth and 10th respectively, with times of 28:53 and 28:54.
Also representing Rio, Matthew Spetnagel (Chillicothe, OH), who took 12th place with a time of 29:24; freshman Jason Springer (Circleville, OH), who placed 19th after crossing in 30:28; sophomore Kyle Lightner (Peebles, OH), who was 24th in 33:16; and sophomore Tristan Janey (Crown City, OH), who finished 30th in 36:18.
Joe Pappas, who raced Unattached, had the best individual performance with a time of 26:42.
McCarty from Rio wins Patty Forgey Invitational
RIO GRANDE, Ohio – University of Rio Grande sophomore Mackenzie McCarty beat the rest of the field to claim an easy victory in the women’s division of the 50th Patty Forgey Cross Country Invitational, which took place on Saturday after- noon at the Rio Grande Cross Country Course.
McCarty, from New Franklin, Ohio, completed the 5 km course in 18:53 – some 27 seconds ahead of finalist Jozi Brown of Shawnee State University.
Rio Grande had only four participants in the event and did not register a team score.
Other RedStorm representatives in the 25-rider field included Jayden Roach (Baltimore, OH), who finished sixth in 22:12; rookie Abrielle Kerns (Lancaster, OH), who was seventh after crossing in 23:04; and rookie Kara Dillon (Minford, OH), who finished 10th in 24:07.
Ohio Valley University, University of Pikeville, Wilberforce University and Hocking College were also represented in the game, but only Shawnee State and Wilberforce had team scores.
Shawnee State won the event with 15 points, with the top seven scoring. Wilberforce was far second with 50 points.
Rio Grande’s Lucia de la Llera controls the ball during the first half of Saturday’s game against Indiana University East in Centerville, Ind. de la Llera scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over RedStorm.
Randy Payton is the director of sports information at the University of Rio Grande.