RIO GRANDE, Ohio — University of Rio Grande senior midfielder Oliver Hewitt-Fisher made his final regular season appearance at Evan E. Davis an outing to remember.
The Swansea, Wales native scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead the top-ranked RedStorm to a 5-0 Senior Night win over Campbellsville University, Saturday night, in Mid-South Conference men’s soccer action.
Sophomore midfielder Caio Cruz added to goals of his own for Rio, which won for the 12th straight time and assured itself of no worse than a share of the MSC regular season championship.
The RedStorm (12-1 overall, 8-0 MSC), who can claim the title outright with a win on Wednesday night at Bluefield (Va.) College, also assured themselves of the top seed in the upcoming MSC Tournament regardless of the outcome in Wednesday’s meeting with the Rams.
Rio holds the tie-breaker with second place Lindsey Wilson, which has already finished its league slate at 8-1. The Blue Raiders’ lone conference loss came at the hands of the RedStorm on September 29.
Campbellsville had an eight-game unbeaten streak and a six-game winning streak snapped with the loss, falling to 11-4-1 overall and 6-2 in the conference.
Senior defender Brodie Steigerwald gave head coach Scott Morrissey’s team what proved to be the only goal it would need just under 14 minutes into the match when he scored off an assist from Hewitt-Fisher.
Hewitt-Fisher scored the first of his two markers with 3:52 left before intermission, with the assist going to senior forward Richard Isberner, to make it 2-0.
Cruz blistered a shot past CU goal keeper Max Malachiyev just 3:43 into the second half before scoring again at 57:38 off an assist by Hewitt-Fisher to extend the cushion to 4-0.
Hewitt-Fisher capped the scoring with a nifty goal, via a pass from junior Craig Davies, with 9-1/2 minutes remaining. Nine of the 11 Rio players touched the ball on the possession.
The RedStorm enjoyed a whopping 23-6 edge in shots, including 15-2 in the second stanza. Rio’s edge in shots on goal was 13-2.
Senior goal keeper Jack Marchant stopped a pair of shots en route to a shutout effort for Rio.
Malachiyev went the distance in net for the Tigers as was credited with eight saves.
Hewitt-Fisher, Steigerwald, Isberner and Marchant were among a group of seven Rio seniors honored prior to kickoff. Also recognized were forward Rafael Maccauro, defender Mike Burney and defender Brandon Tyler.