Rio Grande Sports Information
WILMORE, Ky. - Georgia Clark's second goal of the game - with 3:19 left to play - capped a second half comeback and gave host Asbury University a 3-2 win over the University of Rio Grande, Saturday afternoon, in River States Conference women's soccer action at the Asbury Soccer/Lacrosse Field.
The Eagles overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to finish the regular season at 10-5-2 overall and 5-2-1 against conference foes.
Asbury will be the No. 3 seed in the RSC Tournament, which begins next Saturday.
With the loss, Rio Grande was eliminated from post-season contention and finished 3-13-2 overall and 2-5-1 in league play.
The RedStorm wasted little time in taking the lead, moving in front on sophomore Haley Merritt's (Wayne, WV) first goal of the season just 1:50 into the contest.
The advantage grew to 2-0 a little more than five minutes later when freshman Jenna Porter (Chillicothe, OH) sent the rebound of a blocked shot attempt by senior Jenna Jones (Lancaster, OH) past AU goal keeper Brooke Perkins.
That's how things stayed until the Eagles knotted the score in the second half with a pair of goals over a span of just 88 seconds.
Clark scored the first marker, taking a right-side cross from teammate Emily Hubbuch and scoring with 23:11 remaining in the match to slice the lead in half.
Logan Hall's unassisted goal with 21:43 left tied the match at 2-2 and set the stage for Clark's late-game heroics.
Clark grabbed the ball on a breakaway and fired a shot which deflected off the hands of Rio freshman goalie Andrea Vera (Quito, Ecuador) and into the net with 3:19 showing on the clock.
Rio Grande failed to get off a would-be game-tying shot over the final three minutes.
Vera recorded three saves in a losing cause for the RedStorm, who outshot their hosts 10-8 overall.
Perkins had two saves for Asbury, but it was Carly Pyles who worked the final 25:06 and stopped one shot en route to the win.