OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 28, 2013) – Angelo State (Texas) scored a pair of second-half goals on breakaways as the Rambelles rallied for a 3-1 win over Oklahoma Christian on a cool, rainy Saturday afternoon.
Heavy rain fell in the morning and a light rain still was coming down when the game began and a stiff north wind made it seem cooler than the 60 degrees on the thermometer. But OC (2-5-1) didn’t seem fazed by the conditions, taking a quick lead on Angelo State (5-2-1).
In the ninth minute, Addie Ryan chipped a ball from just past midfield over to Somer Helms on the right side. Helms shot from about 25 yards out into the wind, which made the ball swerve past Angelo State goalkeeper Shantel Wittke.
“The first 20 minutes, we thought the girls were playing very well, doing all of the things we’ve asked them to do the last couple of days,” OC coach Randall Robison said. “It was kind of the first time we saw all 11 positions sticking to the game plan. We were real happy with the start that we had.
“We got a good goal from Somer. I thought we switched the field very well. That’s something we actually worked on during our walk-through yesterday.”
But midway through the first half, the Rambelles began to gradually take control. Ryan cleared one Angelo State shot off the goal line to maintain OC’s lead, but in the 34th minute, Selena Alvarez headed a free kick from Caitlyn Conaway past OC goalkeeper Lindsey Williams to tie the game.
Conaway sent a long pass from the back to a charging Sierra Anderson in the 62nd minute and given a one-on-one opportunity, Anderson beat OC goalkeeper Anna Walker, who came in the game at halftime.
Kelli Ragan gave Angelo State a 3-1 lead in the 69th minute on a similar play, with Maggie Schaffer delivering the pass.
Ryan hit the post with a shot with about five minutes left, which was OC’s most serious scoring threat of the second half.
“Pretty much everything that’s happening on the field, you’re going to see Addie Ryan involved,” Robison said. “I thought she had a tremendous game. It’s unfortunate that the result will … overshadow that.”
Williams made five saves for OC while Walker had one. Wittke made six saves for the Rambelles. Angelo State outshot the Lady Eagles 19-12.
OC will begin Heartland Conference play next Saturday at St. Edward’s (Texas).