Nov. 14, 2010

Courtesy of Wisconsin Parkside

It's been said that when a tie game occurs, usually one team is more happy about it than the other. Such was the case at Wood Road Field Sunday afternoon when the stands quickly emptied out and fans found themselves on the field in jubilation.

The wild celebration was ignited when Brynn Darga found the back of the net on a penalty kick which allowed the homestanding Rangers to advance to the third round of the NCAA Division II women's soccer tournament. As for the 110 minutes leading up to the shootout, the game officially goes down as a 1-1 tie.

Northern Kentucky ranked No. 16 in the nation, ends its season with an 18-2-2 overall record. UW-Parkside which will now take on Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan, Friday, Nov. 19, is 16-2-2. The Rangers are ranked No. 15 in the land.

UW-Parkside found the back of the net four times during the shootout, compared to two for the Norse. Ranger goal scorers in the shootout included Shannon Becker, Stephanie Barsuli, Kristen Benson and Darga. Ranger goalkeeper Cassie Glodowski did the rest, defending the Ranger goal.

"Both teams left everything they had out there on the field," said UW-Parkside head coach Troy Fabiano, who saw his team advance to the Sweet 16. "This was one of the most physical games we have ever been a part of."

Norse Danielle Hogue was ejected from the game with a little over 2 minutes left in regulation. Playing a person down, NKU made their way through the end of regulation and both 10 minutes overtimes, regaining an even playing field in the shootout. A total of 26 fouls were called in the match, 16 tagged on the Norse.

Northern Kentucky set the early tone, scoring just 3 minutes into the game. Amanda Mason notched her 19th goal of the season with an assist from Megan Smith.

The Rangers answered at 34:33. Megan Owens pumped in her fourth goal of the season, assisted by Crystal Chalery.

Still, nothing was decided after 110 grueling minutes.

"We have been practicing penalty kicks for 4 weeks and it paid off," said Fabiano. "Plus, home field was huge for us."

The coach credited the home crowd and their enthusiastic support of his club.

"The atmosphere was just ridiculous," said the coach. "This is what a college sporting event is all about. Everyone who came out has my thanks."

UW-Parkside defeated Grand Valley State, 1-0, in the third round in 2008. That game was also played in Allendale. The third round contest is for the Midwest Regional Championship. Friday's winner will take on the Central Region winner, also in Allendale, Sunday, Nov. 21.