ALVA, Okla. (10-20-11) – Cathy Wabenga was at the right place at the right time during the 92nd minute to give the Northwestern Oklahoma State University a sudden-death goal to take the visiting St. Gregory’s Lady Cavs, 2-1.
Coming out of the gate to start the extra-time period, Kaitlyn O’Toole broke loose along the right side after the Rangers won a ball on a goal kick. O’Toole dribbled down the side, booting the ball in the box to Vivian Vega.
Vega got a shot off that went off a Lady Cav defender. Quickly, Wabenga got the rebound and skirted the ball passed the St. Gregory’s keeper for the winning goal.
Wabenga’s first goal of the season snapped a seven match losing streak for the Rangers, including their first six conference games of the season. The Rangers (5-9, 1-6) have now won two overtime matches this year.
Up next is a trip to face conference foe Oklahoma Baptist on Friday in Shawnee. The match is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m.
While O’Toole was credited with an assist on the winning goal, she added the first Ranger goal tie the game in the 58th minute. O’Toole turned a Lady Cav mistake into an easy goal, breaking way from the defenders, winning the potential one-on-one battle with the keeper.
Both keepers in the contest played well, with Courtney Herian (3-4) added the win for the Rangers with nine saves, while the St. Gregory’s keeper saved eight Northwestern shots.
Despite not scoring a goal, Amanda Tosh had a great game with three shots on goal, while Gabriella Hernandez, Brittany Bunch, Taylor Clark, Brianne Brown and Emily Witty each had good looks as well.
The wind played a huge role in the match. During the first half, the Rangers were going against a brisk north wind, and were out shot by the Lady Cavs 11-to-5. However, the second period and overtime, Northwestern had the wind advantage, taking 15 shots to just two by St. Gregory’s.
Thu, October 20, 2011
by Eric Scott