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RedStorm men's soccer routs Daemen

September 10, 2012
By Randy Payton of University of Rio Grande

Rio Grande Sports Information

    RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Maxi Viera scored three times and Luiz Filho contributed a goal and an assist as the University of Rio Grande cruised to a 6-0 win over Daemen (N.Y.) College, Saturday afternoon, in men’s soccer action at a cool, damp Evan E. Davis Field.

    The RedStorm, ranked No. 5 in the latest NAIA coaches’ poll, improved to 3-1 overall with the win.

    “I thought we played pretty well. It was probably our most complete game to this point,” said Rio head coach Scott Morrissey. “We controlled the tempo and we created some good scoring chances. Even though we scored six times, there were some missed opportunities that we still need to finish on. But our set pieces were a lot better and we did a much better job of attacking. We played reasonably well at times.”

    The RedStorm outshot the Wildcats (0-2) by a whopping 35-3 margin, with 24 of the shots coming on goal.

    Viera, a junior midfielder from Montevideo, Uruguay, led the offensive barrage.

    The transfer from Montreat (N.C.) College scored both of Rio’s first half goals – one at 20:53 and the other just over a minute-and-a-half later – before completing the hat-trick at the 55:44 mark to give the home team a commanding 3-0 edge.

    “Maxi played well. He’s adapting to the system,” Morrissey said. “But I also thought our entire back four on defense were solid. (Senior defender) Mike (Burney) and (senior defender) Brodie (Steigerwald) worked pretty well together and broke things up when they tried to work it in there. I also thought (freshman midfielder) Ryota (Tonegawa) came in and did a nice job off the bench. They’re starting to come together a little bit.”

    Steigerwald scored on a header, with an assist by Burney, to make it 4-0 with 28:29 remaining in the match and Filho – a freshman forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil - added his first goal as a member of the RedStorm just 35 seconds later to extend the lead to 5-0.

    Rio’s final marker of the day came moments later at the 63:49 mark, when sophomore midfielder Caio Cruz (Brazil) pushed a shot past Daemen net-minder Matt Daddario after receiving a nifty pass from Filho via a header from 20 yards upfield with his back to the net.

    Senior Jack Marchant (Leeds, England) and sophomore Jon Dodson (Tiffin, OH) combined for the shutout in goal for the RedStorm. Neither was forced to record a save.

    Daddario went the distance in goal for the Wildcats and recorded 13 of their 18 saves.

    The two teams were whistled for 32 combined fouls, including 21 on Daemen.

    Morrissey said he’s happy with his team’s 3-1 start, although they continue to play without returning starters Richard Isberner and Oliver Hewitt-Fisher.

    Isberner, a first team All-American and the Mid-South Conference Player of the Year in 2011, has missed each of the last two contests with leg and hip issues. Hewitt-Fisher, who had six goals and 10 assists last season, has yet to hit the pitch this fall while he continues to recover from a knee injury.

    “At some point, when both of them are 100 percent and if everybody else remains healthy, we’ve got a chance to be very good,” Morrissey said. “Getting those guys back will give us depth to where we can run numbers at people. But only time will tell and we’re being cautious until then. Until both of them are 100 percent and completely fit, they’re not playing.”

    The RedStorm returns to action Wednesday night, traveling to Columbia, Ky. for a meeting with Vanguard (Calif.) University at Lindsey Wilson College. Vanguard was among the schools receiving votes in the latest coaches poll.

    Kickoff on Wednesday is set for 8 p.m. EST.

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