Miller-Riney’s late goal secures 2-1 victory over Pikeville
The Midway University women’s soccer team continued its perfect start to the season on Saturday afternoon when the Eagles went on the road and defeated Pikeville (Ky.) 2-1 to move to 4-0 on the season. The Eagles entered halftime trailing 1-0, but in the final 45 minutes, senior Kindsay Miller-Riney scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner with just over five minutes remaining to help lead the Eagles to a 2-1 win over the Bears (0-8). It was a defensive struggle throughout much of the first half, as both team’s defenses stood their ground. After a couple of opportunities from each team, the Bears netted the game’s first goal in 40th minute to take a 1-0 lead, which stood as both teams headed to the locker room. Offensive opportunities were few and far between for the Eagles in the first stanza, but their offense finally got going in the second. It took Midway just over 11 minutes into the second half to score its first goal. With the Eagles on the offensive attack, freshman Brynn Bradley played a ball ahead to Kindsay Miller-Riney, who beat one defender and then let it rip and watched as it looped into the back of the net to tie the game at one goal each. Midway’s defense withstood the Bears’ offensive attack throughout the coming minutes, setting the stage for what turned out to be the game winner with five minutes and 42 seconds remaining. Miller-Riney was at it once again as she got behind the Bears’ defense and after she dribbled past a pair of defenders, she lofted a shot over the keeper and into the back of the net from about eight yards out. The Midway defense kept Pikeville off the scoreboard in the remaining minutes and held on for the 2-1 victory. Pikeville was kept off the scoreboard in the final 60 minutes, thanks in large part to senior goalkeeper Emily Belt. The Paducah native picked up her fourth win of the season as she stopped three shots, while surrendering just the one goal. The Eagles will take their perfect record into conference play starting next week when they host West Virginia Tech on Thursday, Sept. 28, in their River States Conference opener at 2 p.m. Then on Saturday they host Rio Grande (Ohio) at 2 p.m.