MIAMI — Going scoreless in a shootout, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M women suffered a 2-0 loss to Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa in the first round of the NJCAA women’s Region 2 soccer tournament.
The Lady Norse and NOC battled to a 1-1 draw over 110 minutes.
“They did everything we asked them to do,” NEO coach Lisa Bell said. “They played as hard as they could, every single person that stepped on the field, for 90 minutes, actually 110 minutes.”
Freshman forward Megan Deshazo’s golden goal with 4:46 left in the first overtime gave Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa a 3-2 victory over Rose State in the women’s final Sunday, Oct. 29.
Rose State advanced with a 2-0 win against Redlands College Saturday night.
Sophomore Ashya Butler had NEO goal in regulation.
“Had we played the whole season like that, I think our record would have been a whole lot different,” Bell said.
This was the fourth straight year the Lady Norse were dealt heartbreaking first-round losses.
They fell 1-0 to Rose State in 2016, 2-1 to the Lady Raiders in 2015 and were ousted by Eastern in a 2014 first round match that saw the only goal coming on an early penalty kick.
Butler turned in a gutsy performance for the Lady Norse, crashing into the left post face first. She returned about 10 minutes later and almost scored a goal at one point.
NOC-Tonkawa 3, Rose State 2
Ashley Welker tied Sunday's title game at 2-2 with 2:37 left in regulation.
Deshazo took advantage of a mistake by the Rose State goalie and buried a shot into the lower left corner of the net.
Alexis Sanders got the only goal of the first half, giving Rose State the lead with 7:58 remaining.
Deshazo tied the game at 1-1 with a penalty kick at 21:01 of the second, then Stephanie Wainscott gave the Lady Raiders a 2-1 edge with 12:40 remaining.
Northern goalie Monica Davis was the tournament’s MVP after her play against the Lady Norse and Rose State.
Deshazo, Rachel Brantley, Kariss Dunson and Rebecca Brantley joined Davis on the all-tournament team.
Wainscott, Simone Ryan, Alexis Sanders and Jessica Titsworth represented Rose State.
NEO’s Chloe Shipway and Madison Lamer of Redlands rounded out the all-tournament team.
Northern’s Gifty Asare was named the Region 2 MVP.
She was joined on the all-region team by Deshazo and Aubrey Welker.
NEO’s Butler and Kayla Mireles also were honored along with Ravella Fisher, Simone Ryan and Alexis Sanders of Rose State, Joan Nakirya and Shatoya Delvalle of Redlands and Breezie Davis of Seminole.