Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The first two goals in the collegiate career of Sydney Johnson couldn't have come at a better time.
The University of Rio Grande sophomore netted the game-tying score with 6:41 left to play before tallying what proved to be a game-winning marker just over 3-1/2 minutes later as the RedStorm rallied for a 2-1 win over Carlow University, Saturday evening, in River States Conference women's soccer action at Evan E. Davis Field.
Rio Grande stopped a three-game losing slide and a four-game winless streak with the victory, improving to 3-9-2 overall and 2-2-1 in league play.
Carlow, which dropped a pair of 1-0 decisions to the RedStorm last season, including a double-overtime decision in the quarterfinal round of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament, slipped to 4-7-2 overall and 3-3 inside the RSC.
The Celtics managed half as many shots as their hosts in the contest, but managed to grab a 1-0 lead with 8:29 left before halftime on a shot by Kristina Wallace from 10 yards out on the left wing which went off the hands and through the legs of Rio freshman net-minder Alli Jones (Chillicothe, OH).
The lead remained intact until Johnson - a native of Okinawa, Japan - took a right wing crossing pass from freshman Emma Saxby (Ironton, OH) and pushed a shot past Carlow goal keeper Lexie Mirenda to knot the score with just under seven minutes left.
Johnson struck again with the go-ahead score with 3:07 remaining in regulation, taking a pass from the left wing off the foot of sophomore Rachel Haddad (Gallipolis, OH) a sending a shot to the left side of - and past - Mirenda, who had ventured off her line to leave the goal unguarded.
Jones earned first win in goal for the RedStorm, stopping three shots in the process.
Mirenda was credited with five saves in the loss for the Celtics, who were outshot 15-8.
Rio Grande returns to action on Wednesday afternoon at rival Shawnee State University. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.