Fri, Oct. 19, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande men's soccer team, again ranked No. 1 in the latest NAIA coaches poll, wraps up the home portion of its regular season schedule on Saturday night when Campbellsville University visits Evan E. Davis Field for a key Mid-South Conference matchup.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The RedStorm (11-1 overall, 7-0 MSC) come into Saturday's game the winners of 11 straight outings, the most recent of which was a 13-0 shellacking of the University of Pikeville last Saturday. Senior midfielder Oliver Hewitt-Fisher (Swansea, Wales) scored a career-high four goals and handed out two assists in the win, while junior midfielder Maxi Viera (Montevideo, Uruguay) finished with three goals and an assist.
Senior forward Richard Isberner (Sao Paulo, Brazil) added a goal and four assists in the whitewashing of the Bears.
Isberner leads Rio in goals (13) and points (33) and is tied for the team lead with seven assists. He ranks second among the MSC leaders in all three categories.
Hewitt-Fisher and Viera have also had a big year offensively for head coach Scott Morrissey's club. Hewitt-Fisher has eight goals, seven assists and 23 points despite missing the first five games of the season with a knee injury, while Viera is right behind in the points race with 22 (9 goals, 4 assists).
Sophomore midfielder Caio Cruz (Sao Paulo, Brazil) is the remaining member of the RedStorm's double-digit point quartet. He's tallied 15 points for the season on five goals and five assists.
Senior goal keeper Jack Marchant (Leeds, England) will be back in net for Rio on Saturday night after sitting out the Pikeville game as a result of being red-carded in a win at Shawnee State.
Sophomore keeper Jon Dodson (Tiffin, OH) shutout Pikeville in the first varsity start of his collegiate career and, in conjunction with his relief effort of Marchant at Shawnee State, was named the MSC Defensive Player of the Week.
Marchant has allowed just seven goals this season, while recording 22 saves and a .759 save percentage. Dodson has not allowed a goal and has six saves in his time in goal.
Campbellsville brings an overall record of 11-3-1 into the game, including a 6-1 mark in league play. The Tigers opened the season with four straight wins before dropping three consecutive outings. Since that point, they've posted a 7-0-1 record and have won their last six games.
Campbellsville has a scoring machine of its own in sophomore defender Gustav Carlsson. The native of Sweden ranks right behind Isberner among the MSC points leaders with 30 (12 goals, 6 assists).
Among the others to watch for the Tigers offensively are freshman forward Roraigh Yearwood (9 goals, 3 assists, 21 points), senior midfielder Pontus Yngve (5 goals, 3 assists, 13 points), junior defender John Kennedy (5 goals, 10 points) and junior defender Trevor Jarvis (4 goals, 2 assists, 10 points).
Freshman goal keeper Max Malachiyev has seen the bulk of the playing time in net for Campbellsville. He's allowed 17 goals, while stopping 34 other shots and recording a .667 save percentage.
Saturday's game will also serve as Senior Night for Rio's seven senior players, who will be playing their final regular season home game for the RedStorm. The group who will be honored in pre-game ceremonies include Isberner, Hewitt-Fisher, Marchant, Mike Burney, Brandon Tyler, Rafael Maccauro and Brodie Steigerwald.
Live video of the match will be available at www.ihigh.com/redstorm