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Rio Grande's Patricio Arce tries to outjump Georgetown College's Taylor Shaver for control of the ball during the first half of Wednesday night's game at Evan E. Davis Field. The fifth-ranked RedStorm defeated the Tigers, 2-0.
Rio Grande's Patricio Arce tries to outjump Georgetown College's Taylor Shaver for control of the ball during the first half of Wednesday night's game at Evan E. Davis Field. The fifth-ranked RedStorm defeated the Tigers, 2-0.
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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.


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