Bobcats defeat Lady Demons in 3-0 shutout at home


Sports Reporter
Tori Hale, senior, runs toward the ball Aug. 31 at Bobcat Soccer Complex

The Texas State soccer team posted a 3-0 shutout on Sunday against the Northwestern State Lady Demons, extending the season winning streak to three games.

The Bobcats defeated the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Friday night, 2-0, in the first all-time meeting between the teams.

Texas State has allowed one goal in four games, with three shutouts.

“We talked to our players about coming out and regrouping and making sure that we had the same intensity we did on Friday night,” Coach Kat Conner said. “I thought they did a great job. They came out and scored in the first 40-seconds, that’s doing it. That’s being mentally checked in with the physical,  and I’m really proud of them on that.”

Tori Hale, senior forward, extended her streak to three consecutive games with a goal against Northwestern. Hale's goal in the first minute was assisted by Lynsey Curry, junior forward.

Hale, in her first season transitioning from outside midfielder to forward, leads the team in goals, shots and shots on goal this season. Hale is now in an attacking position rather than one focused on creating opportunities for her teammates.

Curry, the team's leading goal-scorer in 2013, scored her first point of the season against Northwestern State in the ninth minute after a Texas State throw-in. Curry assisted on Rachel Grout, freshman midfielder, in her first collegiate goal in the 68th minute.

“It’s really exciting for me,” Curry said. “I know I’m up there and my job is to score for my team, and I’m glad I finally got one in, but I couldn’t have done it without them today.”

Hale scored in the 12th minute  against the Islanders assisted by Jourdan Brown, senior midfielder. Kassi Hormuth, freshman forward, recorded the second goal of her career in the 60th minute.

Hale and Hormuth have accounted for five of the team’s seven goals this season.

“Our formation is trying to get those guys on the field,” Conner said. “This formation is allowing our best attackers to be on the field and as soon as they start to get their confidence up and see how it’s going to flow. It’s going to be awesome for them.”

The Bobcats dominated time of possession as they outshot the Islanders 9-1 in the first half and 22-4 in the game, with eight shots on goal.

“I thought today we played really well with contingency,” Conner said. “We kept the pace not just physically but mentally as well. Defensively we had to come back out again in the second half and work better as a unit.”

The Bobcats attempted 44 shots in their last two games while limiting Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Northwestern State to 12 shots combined.

The Bobcats, 3-0-1 overall, will play the Lamar Cardinals on Sept. 5.