|Rio Grande (Ohio) ( 1-2-0)||0||0||0|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (4-1-0)||1||2||3|
|Mount Vernon, OH|
|1||08:48||Amberly Knox (Mount Vernon Nazarene)|
|2||60:17||Amberly Knox (Mount Vernon Nazarene)|
|2||79:57||Caylee Rosa (Mount Vernon Nazarene)|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||Indv. Leaders||Mount Vernon Nazarene|
|None||Goals||#7 Amberly Knox - 2|
|None||Assists||2 Players (#12,#22) - 1|
|5 Players - 1||Shots||2 Players (#3,#22) - 5|
|#0 Andrea Vera - 4||Saves||#32 Madi Moore - 2|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||Team Statistics||Mount Vernon Nazarene|
|5 (2)||Shots (on goal)||15 (7)|
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Rio Grande University visited Cougar Field Thursday to face the Mount Vernon Nazarene University women's soccer team, and it was the Cougars that earned a well-deserved 3-0 result on their home turf.
MVNU (4-1-0) won its fourth consecutive contest, all of which have been shutouts for senior goalkeeper Madi Moore and the defensive back line.
Much of the flow of play and possession was controlled by the Cougar midfield, which helped to create multiple goal scoring opportunities throughout the contest while also turning back counterattack attempts by the RedStorm.
At the 8:48 mark of the opening half, sophomore Amberly Knox opened the scoring after a nice build-up from the midfield. Rachel Graver made her way to the right corner before sending in a cross, which was knotted down by freshman forward Alexa Skal before the oncoming Knox finished it at the goal line in a scrum.
The score would remain 1-0 until the intermission, but MVNU continued to apply the pressure in the second half, eventually pulling away for good with two more scores.
Knox scored once again in the 61st minute. The dangerous midfielder controlled a deflected shot from Skal, took a few composed dribbles from the left side of the goal box, and beat RedStorm goalkeeper Andrea Vera with a left-footed shot to the lower near post.
Senior midfielder Caylee Rosa would add the final tally to put the game out of reach for Rio Grande in the 80th minute. Rosa's corner kick inswinger crossed over the goal line in the air to the near post, despite the best efforts of Vera to knock it away.
MVNU outshot Rio Grande by a wide margin, 15-5, while placing seven of those shots on frame. Moore came up with the two saves that were needed on shot attempts from the RedStorm to preserve another clean sheet.
Head Coach Daniel Seiffert was pleased with his team's efforts, overcoming some potential for weary legs in the team's fourth game in six days.
"The team did a terrific job of pushing through any fatigue and ended up playing an even better second half than the first," expressed Seiffert. "Rio Grande is a well-coached team with a lot of young talent and a good future ahead of them. Our team has been collectively working hard for each other especially during the four-game stretch, and now we have a little bit of time to refresh our bodies and make sure that we are physically and mentally prepared to get back to work."
MVNU (4-1-0) will do just that with its next challenge, which will come on Sept. 12 on the road against Ohio Christian University. That match is scheduled to kick-off at 5 p.m. in Circleville, Ohio.