RIO GRANDE, Ohio — It’s always important to start conference play on the right foot.
The University of Rio Grande women’s soccer team did just that on Wednesday evening, defeating Georgetown College 1-0 in a tightly-contested Mid-South Conference opener at Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm improved to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play with the win, while the Tigers fell to 1-2-1 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Rio also posted its first win over GC in six all-time meetings.
Sophomore forward Kasey Crow (Chillicothe, Ohio) put a free kick in the back of the net in the 41st minute of the match which proved to be the golden goal for the RedStorm, who played lock-down defense for the rest of the match.
“After the last game that we played (12-0 loss to Northwestern Ohio), we needed to come out and prove that we weren’t pushovers,” said Rio Grande third-year head coach Callum Morris. “We definitely did that today. We knew Georgetown would come out and battle like they always do.”
Calling it a battle was accurate, as Georgetown outshot Rio Grande 19-8, with 11 shots on goal credited to the Tigers.
Standing in the way of all 11 of those shots was junior goalkeeper Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, Ohio), who turned in perhaps one of her best performances of the season thus far between the posts. Keeney also notched her third shutout on the season.
Keeney’s counterpart, freshman goalkeeper Danielle Lang, allowed just the lone goal for the Tigers on the evening and recorded three saves.
Morris called the victory over the Tigers a statement.
“I think we put out a real statement with a win today. We can actually compete in this conference,” he said. “We played with a lot of determination and a lot of heart tonight. Playing at Lindsey Wilson this weekend is going to be tough, but if we go out and play like we did tonight, I think we can shake them a little bit. Hopefully tonight sends a statement out to the conference that we are here to play.”
The RedStorm travel this Saturday to face defending national champion and top-ranked Lindsey Wilson College. Live video of the match will be available at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/lwc.portal# with kickoff beginning at 6 p.m.