Wind ties down Rangers, Lady Chaps to a draw

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Wind ties down Rangers, Lady Chaps to a draw

ALVA, Okla. (10-29-11) – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s soccer team had to not only battle their opponents, but the Northwest Oklahoma wind, as they settled for their first draw of the season again Lubbock Christian (Texas), 1-1.

With a strong sustained wind out of the south, the players and coaches had to add an extra piece of strategy as they played on the north/south field at the Alva Recreation Complex.

Just as expected, the Lady Chaps of Lubbock Christian jumped out to an early lead with the help of the wind on a goal by Kaylyn Settle during the 8th minute of play. During the first half, the Lady Chaps got 11 shots off to Northwestern’s two against the wind.

Northwestern keeper Caitlin Thorpe had six saves in the contest, four of which came during the first period and two during the second overtime when the Lady Chaps has the wind advantage.

When the Rangers had the win advantage, they made it count. Just three minutes and seven seconds into the second stanza, Emily Witty found Denise Rangel waiting from about 30-yards out for the game tying goal, her third of the season.

Of the Rangers seven shots on goal, six of them came in the second half and the first overtime.

Rangel finished with two shots on goal and Taylor Marsh added two as well. Other Rangers getting good looks at goal was Vivian Vega, Cathy Wabenga and Taylor Clark.

Being the Rangers final home contest of the season, the squad recognized three outstanding seniors, including Kayla Melonie, Vanessa Lopez and Amanda Tosh.

Northwestern (6-10-1, 2-7-1) wraps up regular season play on the road on Tuesday as they travel to face Oklahoma Christian.