• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway men’s soccer wins second game; women stay undefeated

KINDSAY MILLER-RINEY, white jeersey, dribbles the ball during Midway University’s women’s soccer game against Pikeville on Thursday, Sept. 22. The junior scored the game winning goal to give the Eagles a 1-0 win over the Bears. (Photo by Steve Blake/multiexpoures.com)

The Midway University men’s soccer team won its second game of the season when they defeated Pikeville 8-0 on Thursday, Sept. 22. In the meantime, the women’s soccer team remained undefeated with wins over Berea and Pikeville, while junior Kindsay Miller-Riney picked up her second RSC Player of the Week award. Here’s a recap of the games. Men’s Soccer The Midway men’s soccer team earned the second victory in its history when they defeated Pikeville 8-0 on Thursday, Sept. 22. Then, two days later on Saturday, Sept. 24, Midway tied Cumberlands, 1-1. It was the first ever game that ended in a tie in program history. In its game against Pikeville, Midway dominated the Bears, as they outshot the visitors 21-7, including a 14-3 advantage in shots on frame. The Eagles scored four goals in the opening half and added four more in the second to come up with the 8-0 win. It was a pair of hat tricks from junior Brad Wilson and freshman Carlos Pinto that led the team to victory. Wilson not only scored three goals, but he assisted on two other goals, while Pinto scored his first career goal and collected his first career hat trick. The Eagles got a gift on their opening goal, as it was an own goal from the Bears that got the Eagles on the board for a 1-0 lead. Another goal for the Eagles came off the foot of sophomore Jarol Prado in the 85th minute. Sophomore Callum Kemp collected two assists in the game, which came on two of Pinto’s goal. Wilson assisted on the other goal by Pinto and another on Prado, while senior Joe Jessop and junior Pol Marco had the other two assists. Combining for the shutout in goal for the Eagles were junior Christian Neira and senior Colby Bicksler. Neira got the win and made three saves, while Bicksler played the final 14 minutes in goal. The Eagles had a day to rest their legs as they prepared for Mid-South Conference member, University of the Cumberlands, on Saturday, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Neither team scored in the first half, but that changed in the 69th minute when Eagles’ freshman Dominic Paniccia found an open junior Max Bristow in front of the net. Bristow, a junior, fired the ball off the post and into the back of the net for the score and the 1-0 lead. The Patriots answered six minutes later in the 75th minute to make it 1-1. Both teams had their chances in the remainder of regulation, and in the two overtime periods, but couldn’t find the back of the net and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Neira played all 110 minutes in goal for Midway and allowed one goal, but collected two saves for the game. Cumberlands’ goalkeeper, Ahmed Ghatwary, finished with six saves for the Patriots. Girls’ Soccer The Midway women’s soccer team has been on a roll to start their season and it continued last week when they picked up victories over Berea and Pikeville. They are now 4-0 on the season. Midway began the week with a 4-1 victory over Berea on Tuesday, Sept. 20th, then two days later on Thursday, Sept. 22, the Eagles picked up a 1-0 shutout over Pikeville. Junior Kindsay Miller-Riney led the Eagles in both victories on the week. Miller-Riney – who was named the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Players of the Week for the second consecutive week – combined for four goals and an assist in the two victories. In the 4-1 victory against Berea, the Eagles scored two goals in both the first and second half, while they conceded a goal in the first frame to come away with the win. Midway outshot the Mountaineers 19-18, including a 15-12 advantage in shots on goal. Miller-Riney was the main cog in the offense for the Eagles finishing with three goals and an assist. She scored the first three goals for the Eagles and assisted on the final goal, which was made by junior Hayley Greenwell. Picking up the victory in goal for Midway was Junior Emily Belt, who allowed a goal, but came up with 10 big saves in the first half. Senior Lauren Shuster played the final frame in goal and kept Berea off the scoreboard collecting one save. Two days later, on Thursday, the Eagles were back in action against Pikeville. The Bears and Eagles battled to a scoreless tie in the first frame, but Midway finally scored in the second half on what turned out to be the game winning goal. Miller-Riney was denied multiple times in the first half, as well as early in the second frame. However, the Bears could not keep her contained for the entire game and she ended up getting the game winner. On the play, freshman Larissa Cussins made a cross into the box and connected with a cutting Miller-Riney, who kicked the ball past the Pikeville goalie and into the back of the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 victory. Schuster and Belt split time in goal for Midway. Schuster got the starting nod and collected the victory as well as two saves in the first half, while Belt came in the second half and made one save. The Eagles dominated offensively over the Bears, as they outshot the visitors 22-6, including an 11-3 advantage in shots on frame.

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