Soccer opens season against experienced team

Sports Reporter

After weeks of training, the Texas State soccer team will finally get the opportunity to display its hard work in the season opener against Houston.

The regular season matchup is scheduled for Aug. 21 in Houston at 7 p.m.

Coach Kat Conner believes playing someone else other then themselves should solve some of the problems that have started to cause frustration.

“For the five freshmen we have coming in, they just have to start understanding the game at a different pace,” Conner said. “They have to understand that they can’t maintain our rhythm with three-to-four touches anymore. The veteran players understand that and we will need them to step up and lead as well.”

Frustration aside, Lynsey Curry, senior forward, understands it will take time to get everyone accustomed to the style of play Conner has in place for the program.

Curry is one of two returning all-conference players and is expected to lead the attack for the Bobcats this season. She finished her 2014 campaign with seven goals, adding to a total of 19 in three seasons—fifth in Texas State history.

“I think we have a lot to show,” Curry said. “Once we perfect our style of play together and get the newcomers comfortable in our culture and everything, we’ll be looking at a positive season.”

Returning alongside Curry is Kristen Champion, senior defender. Champion returns as the most experienced player on the team with over 4,500 minutes played and all-conference honors. She leads a backline that includes two sophomores and one junior that ended the 2014 season with seven shutouts.

Houston could pose a good first test for Texas State as the Cougars have a few senior veterans returning themselves. Houston will have an advantage over Texas State—experience, despite being polled last in the AAC Preseason polls. The Cougars are returning 16 players, including 10 that saw the majority of the playing time last season.

Lexa Green, Cougars senior forward, was the leading scorer for Houston in 2014 with four goals on 11 shots with one assist.

Houston is adding Jordan Brown, Cougars senior goalkeeper, after she suffered a season-ending injury in the last game of the previous season.

Before the injury, she recorded 83 saves out of 111 chances and set a single-season school record for ties by a goalkeeper (5).)

This will be the first time Texas State will be competing against Houston since 2009 and will add to the eight total times they have played one another. Houston has won seven of the previous eight matchups.

“It’s still early and we still need to work out some kinks here and there,” Curry said. “We’re just going to go out there and play our game, and hopefully we play well enough to get the win.”

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