Notebook: Texas State 1, Georgia State 0

Sports Reporter

WHAT THE WIN MEANS

Texas State eliminated sixth-seeded Georgia State from the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The Bobcats came out focused and with confidence despite losing to Georgia State in the last game of the season. The team worked together on both sides of the field and had great rhythm throughout the match. The Bobcats improved the overall record to 11-6-2.

GOOD

The Bobcats held Georgia State’s lead scorer, senior forward Whitney Ravan, to one shot. Ravan, defended well by freshman defender Elizabeth Havenhill, did not attempt a shot until the second half. Throughout the match, the Panthers attempted six shots. Caitlynn Rinehart, junior goalkeeper, was forced to make two saves in the first half. She tallied her sixth shutout of the season.

BAD

Texas State is taking shots, but the team was unable find the net against Georgia State. The Bobcats fired 15 shots, and 10 were way off target. However, the team did force the Panthers goalkeeper to make two saves in each half.

UGLY

The second half. It was noticeable that the Bobcats started this half sluggish. The Panthers controlled the ball on offense. The game momentum seemed to turn, and the Panthers were able to take high-percentage shots.

Sophomore forwards Lauren Prater and Clarissa Leon did a good job filling in for Tori Hale, senior forward, and Lynsey Curry, junior forward, in the second down. Prater and Leon broke down the Panthers’ back line. Resting Curry and Hale will be important in the tournament.

WHAT THEY SAID

“I think it’s a huge win, a little nerve-shaking to tell you the truth, because you now know you can do it, but it’s always scary (when) you don’t have that win and you don’t come in with that confidence,” Coach Kat Conner said. “Our players did a good job playing their game, having confidence in themselves, knowing that will take us to the win, and they will just build confidence from here on out.”

WHAT’S NEXT

Texas State will play the second-seeded Troy Trojans in the semifinals Friday at 4 p.m. The winner advances to the Sun Belt Conference Championship.