Regis 3, Texas A&M-Commerce 2

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DENVER, Colo. -- Regis University's Nikki Lawson knocked in a header in the 81st minute to lead the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions in the first round of the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Midwest Regional at Auraria Field Friday afternoon.

The 22nd ranked Lions (15-7-1) had overcome a 2-1 deficit six minutes before only to have the 10th ranked Rangers (19-4) send them home from the regional with the corner kick.

The Rangers out shot the Lions 16-6, but the Lion attack kept the Rangers weary the entire contest.

Lion keeper Amber Ramoz collected five saves off the eight Ranger shots on goal, while RU's Joanna Humphreys tallied three saves in the contest.

A&M-Commerce opened up the scoring early in the contest, as a Regis hand-ball in the 18-yard box gave the Lions a penalty kick. Senior Emily Brueggemann sent the kick lower left side against Humphreys to give A&M-C the 1-0 lead. v In the 29th minute, Regis took advantage of a Lion defensive miscue to get a corner kick and Lawson scored the first of her two goals from Lacy Richardson's corner.

The Lions biggest mistake came with the second half kickoff. Tied 1-1, the Lions played the kickoff back and had a forwarding drive hit Lion Tiffany Adams square in the back. v Regis' Richardson took the loose ball all the way into the box and crossed it to Plano West's Kate Murphy who buried it in the net just 28 seconds into the half for a 2-1 lead.

That score stood until the 75th minute.

With the Lions pressuring forward, the Rangers allowed a Lion corner kick. The ball was sent into the box by Erin de Wolfe, but deflected out by a Regis player. It went straight to freshman Emily Olivier who shot it past Humphries from 18-yards out and tied the game.

The Lions had another corner two minutes later and de Wolfe's kick was headed into the goal by Michelle Alvarado. However referee Tim Deby-Signh called a foul on the Lions for a push away from the attack and disallowed the goal.

Regis moved forward into the Lion zone, drawing a corner for the Rangers. Once again Richardson's corner into the box found Lawson who put it into the top right corner.

The Lions lost for the first time this season when scoring two or more goals and ended the season in the opening round of the NCAAs for the second straight season.

Regis advances to face top-seed and regional host Metro State who defeated West Texas A&M 2-0 prior to the Lions game. It will be the fourth time this season that Regis and Metro will play.

-- Courtesy TAMU-Commerce