Notebook: McNeese State 1, Texas State 0

Sports Reporter
Elizabeth Havenhill, sophomore defender, heads the ball in the Texas State soccer team's 1-0 loss to McNeese State at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.

Notebook from the Texas State soccer team's 1-0 loss Friday night to McNeese State.

WHAT THE LOSS MEANS

Texas State lost its first home opener since 2010. In the previous four home openers, Texas State scored 16 goals and allowed zero goals. The Bobcats still have the sizable edge in the all-time record (17-9-1).

GOOD

Although the Bobcats didn’t get the result they were wanting, Coach Kat Conner got to see a number of players in different position. Conner made a number of substitutions throughout the matchup. When players such as Kristen Champion, senior defender, subbed in late into the game their was a noticeable tempo change for the last 25 minutes.

Yes, the game resulted in a loss but the game is a non-conference matchup and Conner got to workout some players in different spots. Despite giving up one goal, the defense remained solid during the whole game. McNeese State never got into a rhythm offensively and Caitlynn Rinehart, senior goalikeeper, recorded two saves.

UGLY

The offense never got any type of offensive momentum as well. The best looks came late in the second half when Champion put two volleys into the penalty box and Lynsey Curry, senior forward, earned the Bobcats a few late corner kicks.

SPOTLIGHT PLAYER

Lauren Prater, junior forward, was one of the few offensive players who had success. Prater did well at maintaining possession and advancing up the side of the field. The fans did there part and came out to support the team, both alumni and current students. The atmosphere was exciting when the first whistle blew to begin the match.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Bobcats have a quick turn-around with only one day of rest before they host UTEP on Sunday to end the two-game home stretch. The matchup is scheduled for Sunday at 1 P.M. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.

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