Tue, Oct. 23, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande men's soccer team can wrap up the Mid-South Conference regular season championship on Wednesday night when the RedStorm visits MSC newcomer Bluefield (Va.) College for a 7 p.m. kickoff at East River Soccer Complex.
Head coach Scott Morrissey's squad, which has won 12 straight outings since a season-opening loss, brings an 8-0 conference mark into the contest. A victory over the Rams would give Rio the outright regular season crown. The RedStorm, ranked No. 1 in the latest NAIA coaches poll, clinched no worse than a tie for the regular season title - as well as the top seed in the upcoming MSC Tournament - by virtue of a 5-0 Senior Night win over Campbellsville University on Saturday at Evan E. Davis Field.
Senior midfielder Oliver Hewitt-Fisher (Swansea, Wales) scored two goals and assisted on two others in Saturday's win, while sophomore midfielder Caio Cruz (Sao Paulo, Brazil) added two goals of his own.
Senior forward Richard Isberner (Sao Paulo, Brazil) leads the RedStorm and ranks second in the MSC in scoring with 34 points. He has a team-high 13 goals to go along with eight assists.
Hewitt-Fisher is second on the team with 10 goals and leads the way with nine assists for 29 points, while junior midfielder Maxi Viera (Montevideo, Uruguay) is third with 22 points on nine goals and four assists.
Cruz also rests just outside the top 10 scorers in the league. He hads seven goals and five assists for 19 points and is part of a three-way tie for 12th place.
Senior goal keeper Jack Marchant (Leeds, England) earned MSC Defensive Player of the Week honors after returning from a one-game suspension to blank the Tigers on Saturday - his third solo shutout of the season. He has allowed just seven goals, while tallying 24 saves and a .774 save percentage.
Bluefield brings an overall record of 8-8 and a 4-4 mark against league foes into the contest. The Rams are coming off of a 3-1 win over Shawnee State on Saturday, their second straight home triumph.
Freshman midfielder/forward leads head coach Pete Dryer's club with a single-season school record 14 goals. He also has a pair of assists for 30 points, which ties him for fourth among the conference leaders.
The only other double-digit scorer on the roster is sophomore forward Michael Callaghan, a native of Belfast, Ireland and a transfer from Mountain State University. He has five goals, a team-high nine assists and 19 points to join the trio that also Rio's Cruz which are tied for 12th place among the league leaders.
Junior defender/midfielder James Gunn also has five assists for the Rams, while junior goal keeper Jefferson Watson has surrendered 34 goals to go along with 85 saves and a .714 save percentage.