Pioneers played their last two games of the season this weekend, gaining a win against Angelo State and a loss against UT Permian Basin.
On Friday, Pioneers defeated the Angelo State Belles with a score of 1-0. Senior forward and midfielder Gaby Larson scored the single goal, aided by an assist from first-year defender Aryana Maricle-Conroy within the first twenty minutes of the game.
Sophomore goalkeeper Samantha Jimenez tallied seven saves, including diving saves and a double-hand block that kept out some very near goals by the Belles. This was Jimenez’s eighth shutout of the year. Despite some close shots from both teams, the Pioneers kept the lead and obtained a victory.
On Sunday, at the final regular season game, the tables were turned and the Pioneers ended up with a 1-0 loss. The UT Permian Basin Falcons recorded five shots on goal and three corner kicks, where the Pioneers only got three shots on goal and four corner kicks. Pioneers outshot the Falcons 12-to-15 and Jimenez blocked four shots opposed to the Falcons three. Despite some close shots by the Pioneers, they were unable to secure a goal.
This final game honored the five Pioneer seniors; forward and midfielder Alisa Velasquez, forward Nancy Chavez, forward Rachel Peters, forward and midfielder Gaby Larson and defender Bobbie Gutierrez. The game featured a special ceremony for the graduating seniors as well as a Halloween costume contest for fans.
The fifth-seed Pioneers head into the playoffs on Nov. 3 at Texas A&M-Commerce. They will play the fourth-seed Angelo State Belles at 7:30 p.m.