|Rio Grande (Ohio) (8-1-0, 2-0-0 RSC)||0||3||3|
|Midway (Ky.) (3-3-1, 0-1-1 RSC)||1||0||1|
|1||10:13||Max Bristow (Midway (Ky.))|
|2||45:34||Spencer Reinford (Rio Grande (Ohio))|
|2||74:12||Eduardo Zurita (Rio Grande (Ohio))|
|2||89:15||Spencer Reinford (Rio Grande (Ohio))|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||Indv. Leaders||Midway (Ky.)|
|#12 Spencer Reinford - 2||Goals||#9 Max Bristow - 1|
|#18 Matheus Morgan - 1||Assists||#17 Alex Enzweiler - 1|
|2 Players (#6,#11) - 3||Shots||#9 Max Bristow - 2|
|#1 Luis Rodriguez - 1||Saves||#1 Christian Neira - 10|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||Team Statistics||Midway (Ky.)|
|15 (13)||Shots (on goal)||2 (2)|
Midway, Ky. -- After playing a grueling 110 minutes on Thursday against West Virginia Tech, the Midway University men's soccer team was right back in action on Saturday when they hosted No. 3 Rio Grande at the Midway Soccer Field.
The Eagles (3-3-1, 0-1-1 RSC) scored a goal in the 10th minute to take a 1-0 lead that would last until halftime. In the second half the RedStorm (8-1, 2-0 RSC) netted three goals, including one with just a few seconds remaining as they walked away with the 3-1 win.
In their first meeting in 2016, the Eagles traveled to Rio Grande, Ohio to battle the defending national champions as the RedStorm defeated the Eagles 4-0.
This time around, Tim Wolz's team went toe-to-toe with the No. 3 team in the country. Not only did the Eagles hang with the RedStorm, but they lead for all but 10 minutes in the opening stanza. In the 10th minute Midway took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Max Bristow (Exeter, England).
On a counterattack, goalkeeper, Christian Neira (Santiago, Chile) rolled the ball to Alex Enzweiler (Erlanger, Ky.), who dribbled past a couple of defenders as he played it ahead to Bristow, who chipped it over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net for the game's first goal.
That turned out to be Midway's only shot in the first half as the game would turn into a defensive battle for the remainder of the half. The RedStorm had numerous chances to score with six shots on goal in the first half, but Neira made a couple of big saves to preserve Midway's 1-0 lead.
The 1-0 lead would last until the opening minute of the second half. Just 34 seconds into the second frame, Spencer Reinford, dribbled through the Midway defense as he fired a shot at the far post in the upper corner of the goal to tie the game at 1-1.
With the game tied at 1-1, both defenses would take center stage until the 74 minute when the RedStorm took their first lead of the game. Off a free kick, Rio Grande scored to take a 2-1 lead with just under 15 minutes remaining.
Midway only had one good chance to score in the second half when Bristow had a shot on goal, but the timing was just off as the RedStorm goalkeeper was there for the save.
With Midway searching for an equalizer in the final minutes, they began to push forward, which created a counterattack for Rio Grande as they netted the final goal in the final minute to make the final score 3-1.
Senior goalkeeper, Christian Neira, played all 90 minutes in goal. Neira allowed the three goals, but made 10 huge saves throughout the match as he and the Midway defense did their best to withstand the No. 3 team in the country.
After playing back-to-back tough matches against two of the toughest teams in the River States, the Eagles will have a short time to rest their legs as they return to action on Friday, October 6, when they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. for matchup against Point Park (Pa.).
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