Soccer continues win streak against Lamar

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Sports Reporter

The Texas State soccer team extended its winning streak to four games with a 3-0 shutout against Lamar University.

The Bobcats are 4-0-1 through five games for the first time in Coach Kat Conner’s 16-year tenure with Texas State.

Kassi Hormuth, freshman forward, put the Bobcats ahead with a goal in the 13th minute. Hormuth has scored three goals in five games this season.

“Coming into the game we were just focused on getting another win,” Hormuth said. “It feels awesome to be off to this start.”

Landry Lowe, junior midfielder, scored her first goal of the season, assisted by Rachel Grout, freshman midfielder, in the 43rd minute. Lynsey Curry, junior forward, added three shots with two on the goal in the first half along with Lowe and Hormuth’s two shots heading into the second half.

“We want to be thinking about the game faster than just reacting,” Conner said.

Lauren Prater, sophomore forward, scored the goal that sealed the 3-0 shutout in the 81st minute. Ali Jones, sophomore defender, assisted Prater’s first goal of the season.

The Bobcats carried their momentum into the second half. Caitlynn Rinehart, junior goalkeeper, posted five saves with four in the second half. Rinehart has only allowed one goal this season.

Along with her assist, Grout had two shots in 58 minutes. Brooke Ramsey, freshman midfielder, recorded three shots in 46 minutes while teammate Tori Hale, senior forward, attempted two shots.

“Being on the road, I know it can be hard to keep our mental focus, so I just wanted to make sure we played a physical and mental game,” Conner said. “I thought we came out playing physically, but we played one pass ahead. At the half, I challenged the team to play two passes ahead instead, and they did.”

“Right now I have 27 talented players,” Conner said. “I can go that far into my bench, and they get it. I have a vision, and they bring it to life every time they step on the field. This team is hardworking, committed and dedicated to being number one.”

The Bobcats’ next game will be at home Sept. 12 against TCU.

Hale is two assists away from having the most in program history. She is tied with Hormuth for a team-leading three goals after recording zero last year.

Hale, originally recruited by TCU before transferring to Texas State, will play against her former school for the first time in her career.

“I know Tori has probably circled that match on her calendar, and she is going to be ready to rock and roll,” Conner said. “I hope she has the game of her life.”