RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Richard Isberner scored a pair of goals and assisted on another, while Luiz Filho had two goals of his own and Ryota Tonegawa had two assists to lead the top-seeded University of Rio Grande past rival Shawnee State, 5-0, in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-South Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament, Saturday night, at Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm, ranked second in the latest NAIA coaches poll, rank their unbeaten streak to 15 straight and improved to 14-1-1 with the win.
Head coach Scott Morrissey’s squad advances to Wednesday night’s semifinals when it will face No. 4 seed University of the Cumberlands in a 6:30 p.m. EST kickoff at Lindsey Wilson College’s Walter S. Reuling Stadium.
The Patriots ousted No. 5 seed Bluefield College, 4-1, in one of Saturday’s three remaining quarterfinal contests.
Rio Grande scored what proved to be the only goal it would need when Filho, a freshman forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, headed a corner kick by Tonegawa past Shawnee State goal keeper Thomas Carbonari at 14:46.
That’s how things stayed until another corner kick by Tonegawa, a freshman from Kawaguchi, Saitawa, Japan, resulted in Isberner’s first goal of the night.
Isberner’s shot appeared to glance off the leg of Shawnee’s Nick Dowdell before sneaking past Carbonari with 40 minutes left in the match.
Isberner scored again from the upper right-hand corner of the 18-yard box at 65:09 to make it 3-0. The senior forward took a pass from junior midfielder Maxi Viera and blisted a shot past the Bears’ reserve net-minder Jordan Cross, who played the final 28:03 in goal after Carbonari left with a shoulder injury.
Filho scored again off of a feed from Isberner at 68:37 and senior midfielder Oliver Hewitt-Fisher set the final score with an unassisted mark in the 87th minute.
Rio Grande enjoyed a 27-7 edge in shots, including a 17-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Senior keeper Jack Marchant recorded the one save and notched his fourth individual shutout of the season.
Carbonari stopped seven shots and Cross had five saves in a losing cause for Shawnee, which finished its season at 4-14.