RIO GRANDE, Ohio — To the uninformed, the University of Rio Grande’s win over Georgetown College may have appeared to be a lackluster effort.
But in the opinion of veteran head coach Scott Morrissey, nothing could be further from the truth.
“As I told the players, I thought we played really well,” Morrissey said. “We didn’t score a ton of goals, but we were also playing a team that was content on packing it in, defending and keeping everybody behind the ball. To their credit, they did a good job of doing that.”
The RedStorm got single markers in each half and cruised to a 2-0 win over the Tigers, Wednesday night, in their Mid-South Conference men’s soccer opener at Evan E. Davis Field.
Rio Grande, ranked No. 5 in the latest NAIA coaches poll, improved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in league play.
“From our standpoint, I thought our tempo was pretty good and we created a lot of chances - we just didn’t have the finishing product. That’ll come, though,” said Morrissey. “Our discipline was good - we didn’t allow them a shot. I was actually pretty pleased.”
Rio Grande outshot Georgetown, 19-0, including a 7-0 edge in shots on goal. The RedStorm also had a 13-0 edge in corner kicks.
Senior Craig Davies (Wolverhampton, England) got the scoring underway at the 38:10 mark of the first half, redirecting a pass from freshman forward William Paulino (Sao Paulo, Brazil) into the back of the net past GC net-minder Matthew Oster.
That’s how things stayed until freshman forward Pau Delgado Rodriguez (Barcelona, Spain) headed a ball into the net - thanks to an assist from sophomore forward Luiz Filho (Sao Paulo, Brazil) - just under nine minutes into the second stanza.
Oster finished with five saves in a losing cause for the Tigers (1-4-1, 1-1).
Rio Grande junior Jon Dodson (Tiffin, OH) and sophomore Ludovic Delapeyre (Boissy Saint Legre, France) combined on the shutout in goal for the RedStorm, working a scoreless half each.
Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday, traveling to MSC rival and No. 4-ranked Lindsey Wilson in a battle of national powers. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. EDT.
“We did a lot of good things tonight. We certainly had things we can build on toward our match on Saturday,” Morrissey said.