Team splits against Louisiana schools at home over weekend

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Sports Reporter

Tori Hale, senior forward, set the tone early in the Bobcats’ 2-1 victory against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

Hale’s unassisted goal in the tenth minute gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead, and the team capped the weekend with a victory on Hale’s birthday.

“It was really good because last year I lost on my birthday,” Hale said. “It was definitely a good birthday.”

The Bobcats sealed the win with 16 shots, six on goal, in the team’s final home game of the season.

“It’s sad and bittersweet because our team has had a great season, but I had to keep it out of my head so I would not get too emotional,” Hale said.

Texas State pressured the Ragin’ Cajuns to play more defense than offense.

The results showed on the field. Maddie Nichols, sophomore midfielder, scored the second goal of the game in the 39th minute, assisted by Rachel Grout, freshman midfielder.

“The Ragin’ Cajuns do a great job of possessing the ball and making teams chase the ball,” Coach Kat Conner said. “We had to make sure we were disciplined in our defense, and I am really excited our players were able to execute and get it done.”

The disciplined defense continued for a majority of the second half as the Bobcats allowed one goal by Ragin’ Cajuns junior forward Elizabeth Manuel in the 68th minute.

“A little bit of a miss mark on the side allowed them to score that goal,” Conner said. “We will have to solve that on that left-hand side, but we will get that done this week to ensure it does not happen again.”

Texas State attempted 26 shots, the second-highest mark this year, in the 2-1 loss to Louisiana-Monroe. Karlea Fehr, Warhawks junior midfielder, scored the game-winning goal in the 69th minut

“I thought they did a tremendous job,” Conner said. “We need to finish better, and we have to be able to go forward better. We need to get turned quicker so we can go forward and get into those spaces they leave open.”

In the first half, Texas State pressured Louisiana-Monroe, forcing the Warhawks to play the Bobcats’ style of soccer.

At the end of the half, Louisiana-Monroe attempted five shots with none on goal. The Bobcats attempted 11 shots with seven on goal. Despite the shot total, the score remained tied at 0-0.

The teams combined for three goals in the second half with Kelley O’Dwyer, Louisiana-Monroe forward, scoring the go-ahead goal in the 54th minute of the game.

The Bobcats are second in the Sun Belt Conference and will conclude the regular season with matchups against Georgia Southern and Georgia State.