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Lindsey Wilson Men's Soccer falls 2-1 at Rio Grande

The Blue Raiders (4-1) nearly overcame a two-goal deficit and playing a man down but came up just short in the top-10 battle before a crowd of 129 at Evan D. Davis Field, Rio Grande, Ohio. STATS
Upcoming - LWC Men's Soccer Blue Raiders at Shawnee State, at 7pmCT/8pmET, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 940 Second Street (Campus), Portsmouth, Ohio (Ohio).

By Chris Wells, Sports Information Director
Lindsey Wilson College

RIO GRANDE, OHIO - (Sun 24 Sep 2017) - No. 10-ranked Lindsey Wilson men's soccer dropped its first match of the season on Sunday with a 2-1 setback to No. 4 Rio Grande (Ohio) at Evan D. Davis Field.

The Blue Raiders (4-1) nearly overcame a two-goal deficit and playing a man down but came up just short in the top-10 battle.

Rio Grande (6-1) took a 1-0 advantage in the 34th minute as a Lindsey Wilson foul just outside the penalty area set up the score. Matheus Morgan's free-kick sailed deep into the box where Silas Machado headed it past LWC goalkeeper William Diaz for the lead.

Rio -- who controlled much of the first-half play -- took the 1-0 lead into the break. The RedStorm outshot the Blue Raiders 9-2 in the opening 45 minutes.

The RedStorm doubled their lead in the 64th minute. Spencer Reinford provided the goal as he rebounded his first shot -- a Diaz save -- and blasted the second chance into the ceiling of the net for the 2-0 lead. Diaz allowed both goals while stopping six Rio shots.

Twelve minutes later, a Lindsey Wilson comeback looked highly unlikely as Andres Riquelme was sent off with a red card. Seven cards and 26 fouls -- 13 by each team -- were issued during the highly-contested match.

The resilient Blue Raiders turned the tables on their host despite playing with 10 men for the final 13 minutes. Lindsey Wilson outshot Rio Grande 4-0 after going a man down and 9-6 in the second frame.

The final Lindsey Wilson shot of the night resulted in a Blue Raider goal as Mutaya Mwape scored on a penalty kick in the 87th minute to trim the deficit to 2-1.

The RedStorm managed to kill off the final three-plus minutes to secure the win.

Rio Grande finished the game out-shooting Lindsey Wilson 15-11, including an 8-4 edge in shots on goal. Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Sept. 26, as the Blue Raiders travel to Shawnee State (Ohio) for their Mid-South Conference opener at Shawnee Turf.

This story was posted on 2017-09-25 02:42:54
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