Rangers tie clinches first ever GAC Tournament soccer berth
November 5, 2021
Alva, Okla. – The Northwestern Rangers hosted the Tigers of Ouachita Baptist on Saturday morning for Senior Day. The Red-and-Black tied the Tigers 1-1 at the end of double overtime resulting in a first-ever clinching in the GAC tournament. The Rangers tied the game late in the second half.
The Rangers are currently in third place in the GAC standings with a record of 10-4-2 (5-3-2 GAC) with 17 points while the Tigers are sitting at 8-5-3 (5-4-2 in GAC). The Rangers outshot the Tigers 32-20 with 18 shots being on goal.
Tiara Campbell led the Rangers with seven shots throughout the game, with four shots being on target. Cynthia Armas had five shots altogether, three shots being on target. Isabella Mcmillan had four shots on target, and Jazlyn Norwood added three shots, two being on target.
Ouachita got on the board first with a goal in the 36th minute of play in the first half. Frankie Nine passed the ball to Jaymee Dotson that snuck past Northwestern goalkeeper Reagan Allen.
Ouachita Baptist outshot the Rangers 14-10 in the first half. The Tigers lead the Rangers 1-0 going into halftime.
The Rangers answered back in the 74th minute of play with an assist from Sydne Edmiston, and the goal by Mcmillan. Edmiston received the ball from the backline and passed the ball to Mcmillan. Mcmillan took on a Tigers defender and beat her one-on-one by passing the ball in the lower right area of the net.
The Rangers dominated the Tigers in the second half with having outshot the Tigers 18-3.
The Rangers defense kept their composer from not letting the Tigers score in the second half.
At the end of regulation time, the game was a 1-1 tied at the end of 90 minutes.
Allen was faced with 20 shots but only had 14 shots being on target saving 13 in the game.
In the first period of overtime, the Tigers did not get one look at the goal resulting in zero shots. The Rangers had three shots throughout the 10 minutes of overtime. Campbell had one shot on target that was blocked by Tigers goalkeeper Michelle Snow.
The second period of overtime resulted in the Tigers having three shots on target compared to the Rangers one shot. Campbell with the only shot in the second overtime was shot high over the goal.
"Obviously we would have loved to have won the game, but we really turned up our level in the second half and put out a performance that we are very proud of. To clinch our first ever GAC tournament appearance on Senior Day is really a perfect gift for them. Our six seniors have given so much to our program and we are so proud of how they have grown as people, students, and soccer players. Great things are on the horizon for all of them," said head coach Alex Piekarski.
This is the first time in history that the Rangers soccer team has clinched a spot in the GAC tournament.