Angelo State Rambelles Narrowly Edge Out Lions in Soccer Match

Todd Kleiboer, Web Editor

Despite claiming the title of co-champions of the Lone Star Conference, Lady Lions’ soccer was edged out by Angelo State’s Rambelles Sunday afternoon 1-0 at home on Senior Day.

After a 7-1 blowout against UT-Permian Basin at home, the Lions had looked to defend their perfect home record against Angelo State. Coming off a loss at Texas Woman’s, the Rambelles intended to come away with a least one win this past weekend.

The first half was offensively dominated by Angelo State as they had seven shots to the Lions’ three, but Lions’ goalkeeper Caitlin Duty held off the majority of them with three saves, giving the Lions breathing room defensively. In the 30th minute, Rambelles’ Demi Tsambasis (#13), a leading scorer in the LSC, headed in gamewinning goal after it bounced off the crossbar. Lion Forward Vicky Back attempted to retaliate with a shot on goal in the 34th minute, but it was saved by Rambelle goalkeeper Sammy Cude, her only save of that half. The Lions had more scoring opportunities in terms of corner kicks with four to Angelo State’s three but failed to deliver on them.

The second half was more balanced with the Lions challenging the Rambelles head-on offensively and the Rambelles trying to maintain their lead. The number of shots flipped as the Lions took seven shots to the Rambelle’s three, and Cude made three saves to Duty’s one that half. Forwards Savannah Grasser and Back roared on offense with two close shots on goal, but it was for naught as Angelo State kept up a solid defense to match the Lions’ pounces.

This win by the Rambelles was welcome and moved them to 11-6-1, and for the Lions, their record dropped to 13-5 but still tied with West Texas A&M for conference co-champions. However, the Lions outmatch West Texas A&M in terms of goals, giving them the top seed in the LSC championship games. This title is the sixth for the Lions’ soccer program, and they play the winner of the Texas Woman’s-Angelo State game Nov. 4.