Rio women suffer disappointing loss

Rio freshman Carrie Mathes
scored Rio's lone goal.

Rio Grande Sports Information

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.  Kim Robinson and Victoria Paynter scored two goals each to lead the University of the Cumberlands to a 4-1 Senior Day victory over the University of Rio Grande, Saturday afternoon, in Mid-South Conference women's soccer action at the UC Soccer Complex.

Cumberlands won for just the second time in 16 outings overall and the second time in eight league games, snapping a seven-match losing streak in the process.

The RedStorm finished their regular season schedule at 9-8 overall and 4-5 in the MSC.

Head coach Callum Morris's squad, which was looking to nail down a No. 4 seed and a first round home game in the upcoming MSC Tournament, have now lost three of their last four outings - all conference games - and will have to settle for the No. 5 seed and a first round road trip to either St. Catharine College or Campbellsville University.

"To be honest, there's really not a lot to say. We just didn't show up," Morris said. "We were just awful. I'd like to apologize to the 15 or 16 parents who traveled here to watch the kids play, because it was an absolute disgrace. We never got going - at all."

The Patriots dominated the contest from the outset, outshooting the RedStorm 18-6, including 15-2 in shots on goal.

Robinson scored the first of her two goals just 9:39 into the match and Paynter managed her first score just over a minute later to make it 2-0.

Rio Grande cut the lead in half with 3:19 remaining before the intermission when freshman defender Carrie Mathes (Springboro, OH) scored off an assist by sophomore forward Kasey Crow (Chillicothe, OH).

The assist allowed Crow to move into first place on the school's all-time points list, snapping a tie with Beth Hoffman, who tallied 44 points during her career from 2005-07.

The Patriots snatched the momentum back, though, when Robinson scored her second marker just over 20 minutes into the second stanza and Paynter finished off the scoring when she found the back of the net off of a feed from Amerah Dixon with 6:55 left to play.

"We didn't turn up and all the best to Cumberlands because, obviously, they did," Morris said. "They got two quick goals that put us under pressure. We had chances to score, we just had no conviction - there was nothing about us that wanted to go and win the game today."

Carissa Harriman stopped one shot in the winning effort for Cumberlands.

Junior net-minder Allison Keeney (Cincinnati, OH) had 11 saves in a losing cause for Rio.

The RedStorm begin play in the conference tournament Saturday.