Second half struggles doom Rangers in Texas

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Second half struggles doom Rangers in Texas

Women's Soccer TeamFort Worth, Texas (9-9-11) – A second half explosion by the home team doomed the Northwestern women’s soccer team on Thursday afternoon, falling to Red River Athletic Conference opponent Texas Wesleyan, 5-0.

Through the first 45-minutes, the two squads were locked in a nearly even battle, with an early Lady Ram goal giving them a slight advantage, 1-0. As the half ended, the two teams were even with six shots a piece.

However, the second half was a different story as the Rangers were unable to get any momentum going with the Rams holding a 14-1 shot advantage in the second stanza.

Northwestern got three solid looks at the goal, all coming in the first half of play.

With just under three minutes in the contest, the Rangers had their first opportunity when freshman mid-fielder Denise Rangel took the first of her two shots on goal. At the 26:16 mark in the first, Rangel got her second opportunity with a header that was saved by Aubree Gallego of Texas Wesleyan.

Vivian Vega, another freshman standout who is the leading scorer over the first three matches for the Rangers, took the visitors final shot on goal just before the 30-minute mark of the first half.

Recording the loss in goal for the Rangers was freshman Courtney Herian. Herian falls to 1-1 on the season, after picking up a 2-0 shutout on Aug. 27 over Oklahoma Wesleyan.

The young Northwestern team will look to get back on track on Tuesday, Sept. 13, as they host Bethany College (Kan.) at 6 p.m. at the Alva Rec. Center.