Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Fifth-seeded University of Rio Grande jumped to a quick 2-0 lead and then hold on down the stretch to post a 2-1 win over Point Park University, Saturday afternoon, in the opening round of the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Tournament at Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm, who were ranked No. 2 in the latest coaches poll, improved to 16-2-2 overall and will advance to the tourney's second round where they'll face either No. 12 seed Embry-Riddle (Fla.) or Georgia Gwinnett on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex in Montgomery, Ala.
Point Park, which also dropped a 6-0 decision to Rio Grande in regular season play, finished at 12-7-1.
Rio Grande grabbed a 2-0 first half lead with a pair of goals in a span of just 4:14.
Sophomore forward Luiz Filho (Sao Paulo, Brazil) scored off the rebound of his own miss at 33:01 for his 28th goal of the season - a mark which leads the country - and freshman forward Pau Rodriguez (Barcelona, Spain) found the net on a nifty bender from 20 yards out on the right wing with 28:47 left before the intermission.
Point Park got on the scoreboard with 18:46 remaining in the contest thanks to an unassisted marker by Max Flick - one of just two shots that the Pioneers managed on the afternoon.
The second shot - a bullet by Flick from eight yards out with just 12 seconds remaining in the match - was knocked away by Rio Grande junior goal keeper Jon Dodson (Tiffin, OH) to preserve the win. It was Dodson's only save of the day.
Rio Grande outshot the Pioneers, 13-2, including 5-2 in shots on goal.
Derrik Whitten had three saves in a losing cause for Point Park.