Cowgirl rally not enough in D2 regional

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The 2010 season came to a close for the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team as the Regis Rangers outscored them 3-2 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday in Minnesota.

The Rangers built a 3-0 cushion going into the half and the Cowgirls were only able to answer back with two goals after intermission. The late surge in the cold and wet conditions wasn’t enough for the Cowgirls to get the win.

The Rangers scored their first goal at the 17-minute mark. Former St. Mike’s star Jordan Miller did the honors off a feed from C.C. Rinehart.

The wet field condition helped the Rangers to get their second goal as a cluster of athletes ended up on the ground and the wet ball popped out from goalkeeper Amanda Rose Johnson and slid around to Rinehart, who scored the goal. Miller was credited with the assist.

Regis’ third and final goal, by Taylor White, came off a corner kick.

The Cowgirls held themselves together and in the 59th minute, they scored their first goal to get them on the board. Brooke Schmelter fed the ball to Julissa Rodriguez for the first Cowgirl goal and Rodriguez’s team-record 15th of the season.

The Cowgirls’ second goal came from a Rodriguez assist to Jordan Dinneen for her first goal of the year.

The last time the two teams met up, Regis outshot the Cowgirls 22-7, this time only one shot separated the two teams. Regis was a very physical team who had double the fouls the Cowgirls did, 18-9.

Johnson played the entire game in the net for the Cowgirls and had two saves with three goals allowed.

It was a record-breaking season for the Cowgirls, who wrap their second year under coach Justin Wagar.

They finished with a final record of 12-7-2 overall and a 9-3-2 mark in RMAC play.