RiverHawks complete improbable comeback over Oklahoma Christian

NSU Athletics
Don Vieth, Director of Athletic Communications

TAHLEQUAH – One of the most improbable NCAA men’s soccer matches all-season took place at Dr. Dan DeLoache Field on Saturday evening.  Trailing 3-nil heading into the final 11-minutes the No. 8-ranked RiverHawks scored four goals inside of six minutes of play to rally past Oklahoma Christian (2-2) to stay perfect at 4-0 this season.  James Doyle had two goals and connected on a go-ahead penalty kick in the 86th minute to give NSU the win.  Joe Garcia started the RiverHawks’ rally with his fifth goal of the year in the 80th minute, and Trevor Reed scored his second of the season.


  • Northeastern State out-shot OC 13-to-3 in the second half.
  • Oklahoma Christian opened the contest with a goal in the second minute and led for over 80-minutes.
  • Reuben Rabstein came in as goalkeeper in the 36th minute and earned the win with two saves.
  • Doyle paced the RiverHawks with four shots.

The final 11 minutes.


  • Fourth match in a row that Garcia has had a goal.
  • First multi-goal contest for Doyle, he matched his career total on Saturday evening.
  • At home, Northeastern State has won 12 straight.
  • First visit for Oklahoma Christian to NSU since 2013.

Northeastern State’s home stand continues on Friday with Ouachita Baptist visiting for a 5 p.m. start.

Oklahoma Christian (2-2-0) vs. Northeastern State (4-0-0)
 Date: Sep 08, 2018  Attendance: 210

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Oklahoma Christian..  2  1 -  3
 Northeastern State..  0  4 -  4

  1.   1:12 OC Diego Vasquez (Thom. van der Meulen)
  2.  23:02 OC Thom. van der Meulen (2) (Matheus Mantovani)
  3.  47:47 OC Matheus Mantovani (2) (unassisted)
  4.  79:18 NSU Garcia, Joe (5) (unassisted)
  5.  80:22 NSU Doyle,James (1) (Arnaud,Austin)
  6.  80:50 NSU Reed, Trevor (2) (Semmerling,Flynn)
  7.  85:50 NSU Doyle,James Penalty kick

 Shots: Oklahoma Christian 8, Northeastern State 22
 Saves: Oklahoma Christian 9 (Anthony Trabichet 9), Northeastern State
 4 (Rabstein,Reuben 2; Salenbien,Thomas 2)

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