Soccer drops heartbreaker to Southwestern

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Soccer drops heartbreaker to Southwestern

Vivian Vega vs Southwestern Oklahoma StateALVA, Okla. (9-26-11) – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s soccer team found themselves in yet another overtime contest on Monday, suffering a heartbreaking loss to longtime rival Southwestern Oklahoma State, 2-1.

Despite allowing an incredible 33 shots from Southwestern, the Rangers took advantage of the visitors missed opportunities.

With 54:28 showing on the clock, the Rangers took the lead in the contest as Denise Rangle and Brianne Brown converted a great pass sequence, crossing the box to Vivian Vega who put the ball in the back of the net for her fifth goal of the season.

As the time ran down in the second half, the Bulldogs forced the Rangers to set back on defense the majority of the time. Six of the Bulldogs nine corner kicks came during the second period.

The large crowd at the Alva Recreation Complex was just under five minutes from celebrating a victory when the Bulldogs tied the game on a long goal from about 25-yards from the net.

As the contest went into the overtime period, there was a lot of optimism around the pitch. However, just three minutes in extra time, Jessica Carbonara sneaked a ball by the Ranger keeper for what was thought to be the winning goal.

Fortunately for the Rangers, the center referee called Carbonara offside, negating the goal.

A little over two minutes later, the Bulldogs broke the hearts of the Northwestern players, coaches and fans with a sudden death goal in the 96th minute.

Including her goal, Vega finished with two shots-on-goal, while Brown, Cathy Wabenga, Taylor Marsh and Kaitlyn O’Toole each added one of their own.

Picking up the loss in goal was Courtney Herian. Herian finished the contest with eight saves, while the Ranger defense picked up a save in front of her.

Northwestern, now 4-3 overall this season, looks to get back on track on Thursday in Bethany, Okla., as they begin Sooner Athletic Conference play against Southern Nazarene at 5 p.m.

The Rangers will return home on Saturday at noon against Oklahoma City.