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Pioneers fizzle in 3-1 loss to Angelo State

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Allie Chapman scored in the 28th minute for Texas Woman's University, but Angelo State tallied three goals for a 3-1 Pioneer loss Sunday afternoon at TWU Soccer Field.

The Pioneers (4-6-2, 1-4-1 LSC) and Belles (7-2-1, 4-1-1 LSC) matched each other with 15 shots apiece throughout the contest, while TWU recorded nine shots on goal to ASU's six.

The afternoon was a tale of two halves for the Pioneers, as they fired off 10 shots in the first period compared to five in the second and allowed the majority of the goals by the Belles after halftime.

Chapman notched her first goal as a Pioneer midway through the first period on a one-shot volley at the 18-yard line for a 1-0 TWU lead. Angelo State answered nine minutes later off a deflection to tie the game.

With seconds remaining before the end of the first, the Belles sent a shot into the goal but were called offsides to negate the score for a tied contest at the half.

Fifteen minutes into the second period, ASU connected on a header goal off of a free kick inside the box for a 2-1 advantage. At the 77-minute mark, the Belles tallied another header goal off of a cross to extend the lead to 3-1.

The Pioneers were unable to get another shot off the remainder of the contest.

"We started the first half really well and had a great goal. With the opportunities we created we should have had more than one goal to show for it. Angelo had a counter attack and finished their opportunity. In the second half we didn't play our game and it showed. We have a short turnaround so we'll regroup and work on fine-tuning some things," head coach Babak Abouzar stated.

The Pioneers host Texas A&M-Commerce Wednesday at 7 p.m.