RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Two first half goals and a strong defensive effort proved to be a winning combination, as the University of Rio Grande men’s soccer team remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over Taylor University, Saturday night, in the home opener at Evan E. Davis Field.
The RedStorm, ranked No. 7 nationally, improved to 3-0 with the victory. All three wins have been by shutout.
Rio Grande outshot the Trojans, 23-2, and did not allow the visitors to put a shot on goal.
Sophomore forward Pau Rodriguez (Barcelona, Spain) got the RedStorm on the board with an unassisted marker at the 25:26 mark of the first period and freshman forward Tyler Martin (Columbus, OH) tacked on another score just under 17 minutes later thanks to an assist by sophomore forward Willian Paulino (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Senior goalie Jon Dodson (Tiffin, OH) recorded his third clean sheet in as many outings for Rio, while Michael Williams had five saves in a route-going performance in net for Taylor.
Rio Grande returns to action on Friday night when it hosts the RedStorm Soccer Classic.
Rio will face the University of Mobile in the 7 p.m. finale after fourth-ranked Ashford (Iowa) and Davenport (Mich.) battle in the 4 p.m. opener.
On Saturday, Mobile and Davenport will meet in the 4 p.m. game and the RedStorm will face Ashford in a top 10 battle at 7 p.m. The Saints ended Rio’s 2013 season in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA national tournament.