Soccer ousted from postseason tournament

Sports Reporter

Less then three minutes into the match, Troy Trojans freshman midfielder Mallary Hedden's header landed in the back of the top right net.

Hedden’s first goal of the season came at the perfect time for Troy. 

“It was a really good ball," said Caitlynn Rinehart, junior goalkeeper. "We had two girls on her. She really put away a good header, top right corner.”

With less than 15 minutes remaining, Kassi Hormuth, freshman forward, dodged Trojan defenders with a cut back move. Hormuth brought Trojans freshman goalkeeper Mikki Lewis out of the penalty box. Lewis forced Hormuth to dribble the ball wide right, but her shot went over the side bar.

Minutes before Texas State found another scoring opportunity that started with a free kick by Brenna Smith, senior defender. Smith found Lynsey Curry, junior forward, sneaking behind the Troy defensive line. Curry took a shot that landed in the hands of Trojans goalkeeper.

In the second half alone, the Bobcats had numerous scoring chances but were unable to execute with their two shots on goal. Texas State changed their point of attack against Troy in the second half. Conner had the midfielders drive in to the middle of the to get the Trojan defenders to commit to the ball, allowing the midfielders find the open forward.

“A couple of them got some good looks but just couldn’t finish them,” Conner said. “We knew they were going to sit back in and we would have to get them to step out, like basketball, we drive at them then dish and someone makes a easy lap up and finish the goal.”

With Conner attempting to be more direct on offense it forced the Texas State defenders to step up. The Bobcats held their ground with minimal coverage on the back line with Elizabeth Havenhill, freshman defender, and Kristen Champion, junior defender.

Taylor Allen, sophomore defender, assisted the offense playing up field and serving the ball to the forwards.

In the first half, Troy surprised the Bobcats when they opened the game in a 4-3-3 formation. At that point the Bobcats seemed to have their ears pinned back as they were trying to adjust to the Trojans attack.

The Trojans had two defenders screening Curry and Tori Hale, senior forward, forcing them to only retrieve the ball with their backs against the goal.

Once Texas State understood the Trojans defensive style in the first half it was a back-and-forth game. No team seemed to be in control of possession.

Troy barley outshot Texas State, 11-10 throughout the match. 

Rachel Grout, freshman midfelder and Laundry Lowe, junior midfielder, sparked the Bobcat offense at the end of the first half and into the second half, both accumulating a shot on goal.

Troy had a dangerous chance to seal the win in the 57th minute when Rinehart was forced out of her goal to make a stop. Rinehart had three saves total, two were in the second half.

Texas State ends their season with a 11-7-2 overally record, including 5-3-1 in conference play. 

“We hit two cross bars and missed a couple of break away, unfortunately,” Conner said. “I thought the girls played their hearts out all the way to the final seconds.”