Texas State heading into Sun Belt tournament despite loss

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Sports Reporter

The Texas State soccer team had already secured its spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament heading into the final game of the regular season against Georgia State.

With the postseason clinched, the Bobcats ended the regular season with a 1-0 loss against Georgia State.

“I felt we played a little sporadic,” Coach Kat Conner said. “We need to play more together and in unison. There was great individual effort, but we need all 11 players in complete rhythm and unison.”

A majority of the first half was a midfield battle as each team was pressured to gain possession of the ball.

Lynsey Curry, junior forward, attempted the only shots in the first half for Texas State. Through 20 minutes, Curry attempted four shots with two on goal as the struggle for possession between the teams continued. 

“Georgia State was a very high and intense team and pressured us really hard,” Curry said. “We couldn’t really get our two-touch rhythm down, which made it hard to play as a team. We had opportunities, but we just didn’t finish.”

The score was 0-0 at the end of the first half. Each team attempted four shots. None of Georgia State’s four shots were on goal.

The Panthers continued their high-intensity attack against the Bobcats in the second half. In the 56th minute, Kylie Ruffule, freshman midfielder, scored the only goal of the game, assisted by Whitney Ravan, senior forward.

“We were giving away the ball too easily,” Conner said. “We needed to keep possession and maintain it. It is one of those things where we need to keep possession, make better runs so they do not get those counter-attack opportunities.”

The Bobcats did not perform as well as they did in the game against Georgia Southern. They never managed to even out the score. Texas State finished with a total of seven shots, with three on goal.

The Bobcats, 5-3-1 in the Sun Belt Conference, clinched the third seed in the postseason tournament. The team’s first-round matchup will be Nov. 5 against sixth-seeded Georgia State.

“It is pretty exciting,” Curry said. “If we just go in and play our game, we will come out on top.”