Bobcats earn 2-0 victory in season opener against Houston

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Lynsey Curry, senior forward, dribbles past a Houston defender in the Texas State soccer team’s 2-0 victory at Carl Lewis Field.

Three minutes into the 2015 season, Lynsey Curry, senior forward, was almost in mid-season form.

Curry, the Sun Belt Conference leader in shots last season, notched her first attempt of the season in the third minute. The shot bounced off the goalkeeper’s hands.

Eighty-five minutes later, Curry made sure to finish the deal. Curry’s goal in the 88th minute put the closing touches on the Texas State soccer team’s 2-0 victory against Houston at Fred Lewis Field.

Taylor Allen, junior defender, and Kassi Hormuth, sophomore forward, executed a quick two-pass sequence to set up Curry’s goal.

Instead of touching the ball and switching to her preferred left leg, Curry received Hormuth’s pass and converted the goal in one motion. Her right leg was good enough to finish the job this time around.

“She’s getting there,” said Coach Kat Conner. “That was a big time shot because the ball comes off her right foot. She can score either foot. She just needs to believe in herself.”

Curry, once again, was at the center of attention in the first half. When she wasn’t attacking openings in the defense, Curry was creating shot opportunities for her teammates.

Lauren Prater, junior forward, was the beneficiary of a pass from Curry, which set her up to lift the ball over the goalkeeper for the Bobcats’ first goal of the 2015 season in the 38th minute.

Prater, who scored her third career goal in the win, attempted three shots in 31 minutes off the bench.

Conner said Prater’s goal was the result of her renewed focused on scoring in the preseason.

“That’s we need out of her,” Conner said. “That aggressive mentality and starting to look and not just pass to Lynsey (Curry) or Kassi (Hormuth). We need her to do that.”

Texas State’s 2-0 victory in the season opener was not without blemishes. The Bobcats allowed Selena Peters, Cougars sophomore midfielder, to race unimpeded towards the goal in the 17th minute.

Caitlynn Rinehart, senior goalkeeper, was the only defender standing between Peters and a likely goal.

Rinehart’s one-foot save against Peters prevented the Cougars from scoring the first goal of the game.

“Cait is playing big-time,” Conner said. “She made a big-time save, kept us in the game. They could’ve busted the game open if it went their way. That’s what you need in a good goalkeeper. She did a fantastic job.”

The Cougars recorded two yellow cards and a red card as emotions ran high in Houston’s home opener.

Conner wanted a victory to begin the 2015 season on the right note and her team responded with Texas State’s first victory over Houston since 2007.

“We kept a good mentality,” Curry said. “It got a little brutal at the end, but I think we played well."