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Women's soccer: Pioneers earn draw with Lions

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Maddi Nolton connected on a penalty kick for TWU for a 1-1 tie with Texas A&M-Commerce in the 14th minute, and neither team would register another goal in a double-overtime draw Wednesday night at TWU Soccer Field.

The Pioneers (4-6-3, 1-4-2 Lone Star) totaled 20 shots and seven on goal compared with 17 and five by the Lions (8-2-3, 4-2-1). The 17 shots by Commerce were the most allowed by a TWU opponent this season.

Katie Givens of A&M-Commerce took a high shot from 20 yards out in the 12th minute that just cleared the fingertips of keeper Maddie Vickroy for a 1-0 Lion lead.

Less than two minutes later, Nolton attempted a penalty kick and found success to even the score at 1.

TWU's Chelsea Martin had a good look at the 33-minute mark, but the shot was caught by Lone Star Conference preseason goalkeeper of the year Caitlin Duty. Allie Chapman booted an attempt a minute before halftime, but the ball went just over the high bar.

Martin took a pair of shots in the final 10 minutes of regulation, but the first was saved and the second was high.

The Pioneers fired off three shots during overtime, while the Lions failed to register any.

In the second extra period, Commerce nearly claimed a goal in the 108th minute, but TWU was able to use a team effort to stop the shot from entering the net.

"We gave up an early goal but showed our resiliency and got one right back," TWU coach Babak Abouzar said. "Haley [Ward] did a really good job of going backline and earning a PK, and Maddi stepped up and finished it. I felt we should have scored in the second half, but it's good to start the second part of conference with a result against a quality team."

The Pioneers visit Midwestern State at 2 p.m. Sunday.