Brescia University Women's Soccer team succumbed to the Redstorm of Rio Grande by a 1-0 score in a hard fought match at Kamuf Park to open River States Conference play. Chase Davis for Rio Grande was able to slip a goal past the Brescia defense at the 30 minute mark of the first half and that proved to be the only ball netted all evening.
Brescia was never able to get a shot for the match, even though the Bearcats were able to muster several good attacks throughout the game. The defense was the name of the game for Brescia on the cool night. Desirae Renfrow (SR/Beaver Dam, KY), Hannah Brown (SO/Portage, IN), Allison Chappell (SO/Owensboro, KY), Geralyn Smith (FR/Cincinnati, OH), Jessica Embry (JR/Owensboro, KY), Sierra Tomblin (SO/Orlinda, TN), Nicole Gray (JR/Waterloo, IA), Abby Logsdon (FR/New Salisbury, IN), and Jordan Blemker (SO/Oakland City, IN) continually were able to step in passing lanes or in front of shot opportunities to negate opportunities. But the player of the match for the Bearcats was definitely senior goalkeeper Jerrica Kidd (SR/Stanford, KY).
Kidd started the game rather shaky as she misplayed the first ball she saw and thought it had rolled into the goal. The ball stopped on the goal line and she was able to pounce on it for the save. That was far from the end of the night for Kidd however. The Redstorm unleashed a storm of shots throughout the evening. Kidd finished the game with 21 total saves and another 23 touches on the ball that were collections or plays made before a shot could be finalized for Rio Grande. One of her best plays of the game came 9 seconds into the second frame where Kidd was able to deflect a ball off the foot of Peyton Davis to thwart what could have been a devastating quick goal.
The Bearcats made a huge step against a very good team tonight. Even though the team did not have the overall speed or strength to equalize the offense of the Redstorm, they showed they are more than able to compete at an extremely high level.