Soccer to face two Arkansas clubs

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Sports Reporter

The soccer team is set to play its final games of the regular season at home this weekend against the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans and the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

The Bobcats are trying to end a three-game losing streak dating back to the Western Kentucky matchup. Two of the three games since then went into double overtime. In that span, the team has scored three goals compared to their opponents’ eight.

“We have to find our rhythm,” said Coach Kat Conner. “It showed in spurts in both games. We have to go 90 minutes. We have to be willing to go 110 (minutes) if it takes that and be mentally and fully aware of what the game demands of us.”

The Trojans come to San Marcos with a 4-12 overall record and are 1-6 in conference play. Their only conference win was against Louisiana-Monroe with a 1-0 victory. Arkansas-Little Rock senior midfielder Paige Mason leads the team with four goals. The Trojans currently sit ninth in the conference and face the Bobcats as their season-ending game.

Little Rock is 1-9 in their past 10 matchups and on a two-game losing streak. The Trojans have scored five goals in those 10 games after being shutout in five of those matchups.

 “We just need to finish out these two games with wins,” said sophomore forward Lynsey Curry. “We are seventh in the conference and pulling off two wins would be huge for us.”

Curry currently leads the team in goals scored with six and is ranked second in the Sun Belt in shots per game with an average of 4.33. The Bobcats are looking to end their season on a winning note playing the third ranked team in the conference, the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

The Red Wolves are second in conference in shots for points and goals. The team is lead by 5’6” sophomore Loren Mitchell who leads the Sun Belt in goals scored with 11.

“I think our defense is good enough to slow them down,” Curry said. “We will try to absorb the attack and slow them down to be stronger than them and keep them from scoring.”

Arkansas State is 2-5-1 on the road this season compared to its 7-1-1 record at home. The Red Wolves are on a two-game winning streak scoring six goals between those matches.

“Arkansas State has a similar style offense as we do,” Conner said. “They just have a little more off-the-ball movement that can be a little bit tricky. Their attack is similar to what Lafayette did with deceptive runs.”

Arkansas State’s biggest win this season came when it defeated the number-one ranked team in the Sun Belt, Western Kentucky with a score of 3-0.

“Its more of a mental preparation,” Conner said. “Technically and tactically, they know how to do everything. It’s just mentally. How are they going to respond?”

With Louisiana-Monroe and Arkansas-Little Rock having three points, the Bobcats have secured a spot in the Sun Belt tournament with seven points. This weekend’s matchups will determine what seed Texas State can secure in the tournament.