Texas State defeats Appalachian State at home

Sports Reporter
Taylor Allen, sophomore defender, fights Oct. 5 against an Appalachian State player at Bobcat Soccer Complex.

The Bobcats were entering their third overtime game of the season. Appalachian State controlled the tempo in the second half, putting the Bobcat defense on its heels.

Jourdan Brown, senior midfielder, sealed the 2-1 victory in the 93rd minute. Brown retrieved the rebound of her own blocked shot from the right side of the penalty box to score the winning goal.

 “I was just really excited because I was so close to the goal,” Brown said. “I don’t have a ton of opportunities around the goal, so I just really wanted to make it count. When I just saw all my teammates, it was cool. I got goose bumps.”

Appalachian State junior defender Merlin Beckwith tied the match in the 51st minute with a shot from the left corner. Beckwith’s third goal of the season was the tenth allowed goal of 2014 for Caitlynn Rinehart, junior goalkeeper.

Rinehart saved four shots against the Mountaineers, all in the second half.

In the 18th minute, Tori Hale, senior forward, put the Bobcats on the board with a goal, assisted by Lynsey Curry, junior forward. The goal was Hale’s team-leading fourth of the season. 

The Mountaineers made second-half adjustments to create more shot opportunities. Even though the match remained tied in the last 39 minutes of regulation, the Mountaineers took control of the game, outshooting the Bobcats 12-4.

“I’m extremely proud of them,” Coach Kat Conner said. “They did a good job. Appalachian State came out and kind of raised the level on us. It made us adopt a change in our system a little bit, and I felt like they did a great job doing that.”

Appalachian State led in shots 18-13, and the Mountaineers took eight corner kicks. Curry’s two-game goal-scoring streak was snapped in the win.

 “You’re always proud of your team when they can adapt,” Conner said. “(We) made corrections at halftime and (were) able to get it done. I would just like to see it go a little bit sooner.”

The Bobcats improved to 8-3-1 overall with their undefeated conference record intact. The Mountaineers, with their first Sun Belt Conference loss in program history, dropped to 5-7 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

“We’ve never has this good of a record before, so it’s really exciting,” Brown said. “I think it just gives us the confidence that we need to push us through this season.”

Texas State will continue conference play against the South Alabama Jaguars Oct. 10. The Jaguars are 10-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in conference play.