Soccer responds with two goals in second half to defeat Panthers

Sports Reporter

After a scoreless first half, assitant coach Link Scoggins didn’t make many adjustments during halftime. He just asked for more work from the players.

“I don’t know if it was just hot or if they just weren’t fresh from Fridays game," Scoggins said. “But the movement off the ball wasn’t spectacular so we just demanded a higher work rate from the girls to make sure we could have better options once we moved the ball up.”

The Texas State soccer team gained the momentum early in the second half against Prairie View A&M and scored two goals to improve to 3-2 on the season.

The game was in the 72nd minute when the Bobcats finally got on the board when Kassi Hormuth, sophomore forward, launched the ball over the goalie.

“Once we were able to get in a rhythm we were able to move the ball around a little bit better and create some chances," Scoggins said. “Then with them going down to 10 men, it made things easier and we were able to take advantage and put them away.”

The frustration started to settle in for Prairie View attack late in the second half. The Texas State defense only allowed five shots on goal and three corner kicks

Alyssa Phelan, sophomore forward, got tangled up with Braelah McGinnis, Panthers junior forward. McGinnis received a red card in the 67th minute.

“Prairie View is very fast and physical as I’m sure you guys saw,” Scoggins said. “What the defense did a good job at was recognizing when they were going to have to turn and chase the attackers to keep them at bad angles. We did a good job at always keeping a body on them and not letting them get comfortable.”

The Bobcats got on the board once more in the 86th minute when Taylor Allen, sophomore forward, scored her first goal of her Texas State career.

Allen said attacking has been somewhat new to her due to the fact that she played defender her freshman and sophomore year.

“I’ve been working to drive at the post for a while now to try and get a shot off," Allen said. “I finally was able to get it down so I was pretty excited for my first collegiate goal, just ecstatic.”

The win Sunday puts the Bobcats one game above .500 with four games remaining before conference play starts.

Texas State will have a few days rest before getting on the road to visit Northwestern State Friday evening.

“Right now, the confidence is there but things still need to get better," Scoggins said. “Let’s be honest, a performance like this won’t get past SFA and Northwestern. We got some things to work on this week. It’s getting better, the mentality is coming back. We’re determined to get goals and get on the score sheet but have to make sure we can do it at a higher level then what we showed today.”

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