Women's soccer falls to number one seed Western Kentucky

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Sports Reporter

Though Texas State was looking to advance to the Sun Belt Tournament Championship game Friday, the women’s soccer team fell short to number one seed Western Kentucky 1-0.

Both teams were held without a corner kick until the final three minutes of the game. The eventual game-winning goal came from a cleared corner by Texas State and brought back in by one of the Lady Toppers.  

“On a corner everyone pretty much knows where they need to be,” said senior goalkeeper Natalie Gardini. “We put people on the post and it’s my job to do the double check. The hardest thing was it had been down there in their half for so long. You just have to be sure to mentally flip the switch and know you have to do your job now.”

The Bobcats, being second in the league in corners, had zero in the first half. In the second half, they had three.

“It was a hard game,” Gardini said. “We did everything we could we fought hard throughout the game.”

Western Kentucky ended the game with nine fouls and the Bobcats ended with seven fouls. Both teams attempted five shots in the first half of play. Texas State averaged 16.33 shots a game but had nine at the end of the game. Western Kentucky averaged 13.32 and came away with only 10 in this game.   

“We tried not to be so robotic with our play,” said Coach Kat Conner. “That could have helped a little more, we did it but not as well as we could have and it cost us a little bit.”

Freshman forward Lauren Prater nearly made a goal as she was on a fast break through the middle of the field, just just missed right.

“The ball was rolling really fast,” Prater said. “She (the goalie) was coming out really fast and I knew she was about to get it. I just thought I had to get a foot on it and I thought it would go in but it was a little short.”