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Instant Classic: McNeese Beats SEC’s Razorbacks in Double OT

first_imgSOC: Here’s the game-winning goal for @McNeeseSoccer vs. Arkansas.GOAL ?? Havana Johnson.ASSIST ?? Dayna Garcia and Nola Prickett.Cowgirls 3, Razorbacks 2 (F/2OT). Program’s first win over SEC opponent. #GeauxPokes #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/kCyaWjZFI1— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) August 26, 2018 Lake Charles, La. – Havana Johnson’s game-winning goal off a rebound with 3 ½ minutes to play in the second overtime lifted the McNeese Cowgirls to a 3-2 win over the SEC’s Arkansas Razorbacks in the first-ever home match against a member of the Power 5 conference on Sunday afternoon. The victory was the second straight for the Cowgirls as they improve to 3-1 on the season. Arkansas (2-1-1) suffered its first loss. “This was definitely the biggest non-conference win in the history of the program,” said head coach Drew Fitzgerald whose team was without sensational sophomore goalkeeper Emma Roccaforte who left the game in the 32nd minute after butting heads with teammate Nola Prickett when making a save on a Razorback shot. True freshman backup keeper Gabrielle Christy entered the game and kept the Razorbacks out of the net until the 78th minute when Arkansas tied the game at 1-1 by Tori Cannata on a double assist set up by Carly Hoke and Parker Goins. The final minute of regulation took the breath out of the fans in attendance. With just over a minute left in regulation, the Cowgirls took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Morgan Middleton who beat the Arkansas goalkeeper in a one-on-one matchup after receiving the pass from Johnson. “I saw both the defenders go towards the half and she (Johnson) just played me a perfect ball,” said Middleton whose goal was her first on the season. “I had a one-on-one with the keeper and I just had to place it on net.”Arkansas had a quick response, scoring only 20 seconds later on a goal by Taylor Malham to tie the game at 2-2 to force the overtime.  After a scoreless first overtime period, the Cowgirls struck late for the game-winner which was set up by a free kick cross by Dayna Garcia into the box that was one-touched by Prickett and rebounded by Johnson for the easy tap-in for the game-winner and her third goal of the season. “I honestly didn’t think I would be in the position to score the last goal,” said Johnson. “Nola got on it and it just fell perfectly at my feet. I had a wide-open goal and I tapped it in.” Christy finished up the game in the net for her first collegiate victory with seven saves in 74 minutes of action.  McNeese got on the board first when Keely Morrow punched in the game’s first goal on a penalty kick in the 20th minute for her first goal of the season and a 1-0 Cowgirl lead. Arkansas outshot McNeese 19-15 and just 12-10 in shots on goal.last_img

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