Texas State to take on undefeated Mountaineers

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The Texas State soccer team will play against the Appalachian State Mountaineers Oct. 5 in a game be- tween two of the four undefeated teams in conference play.

Appalachian State, in its first year in the Sun Belt, snapped the Arkansas-Little Rock’s nine-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory. The Mountaineers finished their road trip with a 1-0 victory over Arkansas State.

The Mountaineers were a well- balanced team this past weekend, with two shutouts and seven differ- ent players accounting for either a goal or an assist. Appalachian State attempted 28 shots against Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkan- sas State, with 15 on goal.

Appalachian State is running a 4-3-3 formation that can expose the Bobcats if their defense isn’t fun- damentally sound. The Mountain- eers play with four defenders, ex- cluding their goalkeeper. The three midfielders and three forwards have the opportunity to attack the Bobcat defense and Caitlynn Rine- hart, junior goalkeeper.

Rinehart has 36 saves for the season and has only allowed nine goals from opponents.

Coach Kat Conner has laid out a strategy for her team to remain disciplined in the midfield.

“We need to know the runners that can go into the attack and the runners that need to stay,” Coach Conner said. “[It] requires a lot of work ethic, and it requires a lot of discipline in the attacks to do it so we do not become one-dimensional.

The Bobcats are averaging 17 shots per conference game and totaled 17 on goal in the past two matchups.

“I like how many shots we got off and how many we got on goal,” Conner said. “The trick is that we need to be there in front of the goal to finish these opportunities.”

Lynsey Curry, junior forward, was named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her performances against Ar- kansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock. Curry led the Bobcats with three of the team’s four goals.

Texas State is currently fifth in the conference with 7-3-1 overall. Appalachian State is eighth with 5-6 overall.

“I think our confidence level has risen a lot,” Curry said. “I know we’re starting to play a lot better as a team, as a unit.”