Bobcats remain undefeated in conference play

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The Texas State soccer team opened the conference season with two victories against Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkansas State.

“Any time you can get six points with two wins, that’s good,” Coach Kat Conner said. ”I’m proud of the players for fighting back to get us back even, then even pushing forward to get us a second goal.”

After making two saves, Caitlynn Rinehart, junior goalkeeper, allowed the Arkansas State Red Wolves to score in the 85th minute. 

Lynsey Curry, junior forward, responded in the 87th minute with her second goal of the game against Arkansas State, assisted by Tori Hale, senior forward.

Curry scored her second goal of the season 10 minutes into the second half against the Red Wolves. Curry took five shots during the game, three of them on goal.

“She is really stepping up,” Conner said. “I’ve just seen her just in conference this last weekend, even taken on more of a leadership role. Not just the goal scorer you see on stats but just overall leading of the team, of how we are supposed to execute our attack.”

Hale’s assist ties her for Texas State’s all-time career first with 17.

The Red Wolves allowed the Bobcats to attempt 17 shots, with eight on goal and three that hit either the crossbar or the right post. The Bobcats held Arkansas State to five shots for the entire game.

With less than two minutes remaining, a miscommunication among Arkansas-Little Rock players led to a goal against their own team, allowing the Bobcats to lead 2-1.

In the 79th minute, Curry scored her fourth goal of the season and her third in the past two conference games.

“I’m really excited that we started conference so good,” Curry said. “I think our confidence level is just boosted even higher. We know what we need to do to win, and we know what we need to work on, also, to keep winning.”

The Trojans scored on the Bobcats with 11:48 minutes left in the first half, which was Rinehart’s ninth goal allowed this season.

The Bobcats outshot the Trojans 17-5, with nine attempts on goal. Curry finished the game with seven shots, three on goal and one point.

“We are still shooting very well,” Conner said.  “We just got to do better in getting more numbers in there so we can create more screens and chances.”