Wed, Sep. 12, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]
Rio Grande Sports Information
GRAYSON, Ky. - It proved to be one for the record books.
Freshman Courtney Young scored a school-record four goals and the University of Rio Grande women's soccer team set a new single-game record for goals in a 7-1 victory over Kentucky Christian University, Wednesday afternoon, at KCU Stadium.
Young, a forward from Ross, Ohio, scored twice in each half, pushing her season total to five goals. She also moved into a tie for third place with Krista Butts on the school's all-time points list with 10, trailing only Beth Hoffman (44) and her current teammate, Alex Davis (24).
The seven goals scored by the RedStorm as a team eclipsed the previous single-game mark of four, which had occurred four times, most recently in a 4-0 win over Ohio Valley University on September 10, 2009.
The victory, Rio's second in a row, also left the RedStorm with an overall record of 3-3. It marks just the second time in the seven-plus-year history of the URG program that its been at .500 or better six games into a season, with the previous occasion occurring in 2007 after an identical 3-3 start.
"I think it helped tremendously getting the early goal. It settled everybody down," said Rio Grande head coach Callum Morris. "To be honest - and I don't mean any disrespect - we focused more on ourselves coming into this game than we did on them. We did a great job of starting fast and then going on to finish the game. It was a solid performance."
Rio equaled its season scoring total coming into the game in the first half, scoring five times before the intermission.
Freshman forward Kasey Crow (Chillicothe, OH) got the scoring underway just 3-1/2 minutes into the match thanks to an assist from freshman Taylor Ahrens (Ross, OH) and Young - a forward from Ross, Ohio - added her first score of the day at the 10:18 mark of the opening period off of a feed from Davis to give Rio a 2-0 advantage.
Davis, a junior forward from Ashville, Ohio, tacked on another marker courtesy of a pass from senior defender Katie Fuller (Hamilton, OH) just over two minutes later to make it 3-0, before Young found the back of the net for a second time off Ahrens' second assist of the day at the 19:31 mark.
Kentucky Christian, which slipped to 2-3 with the loss, got on the board just 13 seconds after Young's score thanks to the fifth goal of the season by Kymmy Simon-Owens, but the RedStorm got the marker back just over two minutes later when senior defender Vanessa Montgomery (Chillicothe, OH) headed in a corner kick off the foot of Crow.
Young finished off the scoring - and completed the hat trick - as a result of a goal just over 11 minutes into the second half and another marker with 11:48 remaining in the contest. Senior forward Jessica Gall (Mount Vernon, OH) and Davis had assists on the scores.
"We definitely have some options at forward, which is something we haven't had in the past," Morris said. "Alex was by herself pretty much all of last year, but we've got some other girls now who are capable, too. Courtney is one of those girls."
Rio Grande, which entered the match with 35 shot attempts in its previous five outings, peppered KCU keeper Erica Mitchell for 28 shots on the afternoon. She finished with 13 saves.
Sophomore keeper Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, OH) had eight saves in the win for the RedStorm.
Rio Grande returns to action on Sunday afternoon, traveling to Lebanon, Tenn. for its Mid-South Conference opener against league newcomer Cumberland University. The Bulldogs received votes in the latest NAIA coaches' poll released Tuesday.
"We've reached the now where the season really starts. Hopefully, two straight wins will give us some confidence," said Morris. "Cumberland has a Top 25-caliber team. We have to make sure that we're mentally-prepared for them and we'll have to play at our highest ability."
Sunday's kickoff is set for 1 p.m. EST.