Nov. 7, 2010

Courtesy of UW-Parkside

Highland Heights, KY - As is usually the case when UW-Parkside and Northern Kentucky get together on the women's soccer field, it was a wild match. This time, as it has been several times in the past, it was for all the Great Lakes Valley Conference marbles. The Rangers left Highland Heights with their fourth league championship after a thrilling 3-2 verdict over the Norse.

The Rangers have now won league titles in 2003, 2004, 2008 and now 2010.

Each team is now 16-2-1 as they await NCAA tournament bids and sites which will be released on Monday. The win has put the Rangers in a solid position to draw a first round bye and host a second round game. Six teams from each region earn bids with the top two picking up first round byes and an opportunity to host a second round game.

UW-Parkside came from behind twice in the contest and won the game with less than 2 minutes remaining. The game-winner was set up by Natalie Brown, who crossed the ball into the box. The ball was mishandled by Norse goalkeeper Rachel Wood, allowing an opportunistic Megan Owens to tap the ball in from 3 yards away with just 1:41showing on the clock. It was Owen's fourth goal of the season.

The stage was set for Owens' heroics less than 10 minutes prior, as Stephanie Barsuli drilled in her fourth goal of the season at 77:52. The score, which created a 2-2 deadlock, was set up off a cross by Shannon Becker. Barsuli went top-shelf with her shot from 12 yards out.

The first time the resilient Rangers came back was 9:18 into the game. After the Norse scored just 3:45 into the contest, Brown scored her third goal of the season off of a scramble in the box. The play started on a corner kick.

Northern Kentucky answered, re-gaining the lead at 2-1 at 29:16. It was an advantage the Norse would hold at halftime.

Northern Kentucky fired 13 shots in the game.