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Women’s Soccer Drops Season Finale In Overtime

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) women’s soccer closed out the 2021 season with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Chicago State University Cougars on Saturday at the UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

The match was scoreless until the 85th minute when Jayla Gage scored from the left side to put the Cougars (2-14-1, 2-8-0 WAC) up 1-0.

The Vaqueros (6-12-2, 2-7-1 WAC) responded less than two minutes later when junior Shentatious Knoxsent a pass from the right toward the top of the box. The ball appeared to be headed toward UTRGV’s all-time leading goal scorer and point-getter junior Emily Zapata, who let the ball go by. Sophomore Cami Dadewas right next to Zapata and fired a screamer into the back of the net to tie the match at 1. It was Dade’s first-career goal and her first points as a Vaquero after previously recording an assist with Kentucky in 2019.

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In the 98th minute, however, Gage scored the game-winner off an assist from Julia Oliveira.

The Vaqueros outshot the Cougars 15-7, including 8-3 on goal.

Graduate student Maile Lunardi (4-11-1) made one save.

Alexa Seiler (2-12-1) made seven saves.

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Before the match Anna Barkey, Knox, Lunardi, Victoria Mayo, McAllen alum Miranda Munoz, Pace alum Kryssie RiveraShi’Anne Swift, and Zapata were honored as part of the senior day ceremonies.

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