Rangers head home with a victory in double OT

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Rangers head home with a victory in double OT

STERLING, Kan. (9-25-11) – Taylor Marsh played hero on Saturday afternoon on the plains of Kansas, closing out a victory in the final minutes to lift the Northwestern Oklahoma State University soccer team over Sterling College (Kan.), 3-2.

With time running out in the second overtime period, Denise Rangle drove a free kick from about 50 yards away from the goal, into the box and placed the ball perfectly, allowing Marsh to get a head on the ball.

Marsh, a junior midfielder, knew what to do with the pass, putting it in the near corner for the game winning goal with 105:54 on the clock. The goal was Marsh’s fifth of the season, while Rangle picked up her second assists of the contest.

The Rangers (4-2) found themselves looking up at the Warriors just 16-minutes into the contest following two goals by the home squad. However, keeper Caitlyn Thorpe and the rest of the Rangers settled down.

In the 23rd minute of the game, Rangle recorded her first assist, finding Brianne Brown for a goal, her first of the season.

As the minutes began to waste away in regulation, and the Rangers still trailing by a goal with little eight minutes to go, Vivian Vega converted on a pass from freshman Kaitlyn O’Toole to tie the match at two goals apiece.

Both squads battled through the first overtime, and most of the way through the second, before the Rangers were able to get the break they were looking for, setting up the Marsh goal.

Marsh continues to be clutch for Northwestern as she has added the go ahead goal in all four of the Rangers victories. She leads the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in percentage of game winners, and is third in the nation in game winners.

The game played out as close on the field as it ended on paper, with both teams finishing with a total of 19 shots, and the Rangers getting the slight edge on the Warriors in the shot-on-goal category, 13-10.

Marsh had the most looks for Northwestern with five, while O’Toole was close behind with four.

The Rangers 4-2 start this season is the most wins the program has had in their first six games since the 2004 season. Northwestern went on in that season, winning the Sooner Athletic Conference championship.

Up next for the Rangers is regional rival Southwestern Oklahoma State at the Alva Recreation Complex, with the contest schedule to begin at 6 p.m.