Bobcats looking to keep winning streak alive

Sports Reporter
The Bobcats were defeated Aug. 30 by UTEP.

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the Texas State women’s soccer team is looking to focus on maintaining the teams’ current mindset as the Sun Belt Conference season approaches.

The Bobcats are currently on a three-game winning streak, with two non-conference games remaining and a 4-2 record.

Texas State begins the two-game home stand this Friday at the Bobcat Soccer Complex where the team will host the New Mexico State Aggies.

“The confidence is there,” Scoggins said. “But New Mexico State and Lamar are teams that if we don’t take care of business, could result in a loss.”

The biggest task at hand for the coaches is how well the team will handle adversity.

In the last two games, the Bobcats shut out their opponents. But moving forward, the question remains how the team will react to being down.

Despite a 1-6 record, Scoggins said New Mexico State has always challenged Texas State.

The last matchup between the two schools resulted in a 2-1 victory for the Bobcats.

The Aggies are a young team this season with 17 freshmen and only two returning seniors.

Experience will play a significant role in the game as the Bobcats are returning with nine upperclassmen, two of which are All-Conference players.

“I think we’re all starting to understand each others’ role,” said Alyssa Phelan, sophomore forward. “We’re starting to look smoother on the field, and that’s shown a little bit in past two games.”

The Texas State offense has had positive production with an average of two goals per game with a shots on goal percentage of .511.

The defense has not gone unnoticed as they have only allowed four goals, 18 shots on goal and have an opponent shots on goal percentage of .383.

Another question at hand is how the Bobcats will perform at home. Both previous losses for Texas State came during home games.

“What we hope to do is to get on top early and keep them down,” Scoggins said. “Because like I said earlier, New Mexico State is a team that will stay close and will scrap.”

Scoggins said the main goal at the end of the weekend is to have the chemistry and confidence at its peak.

Following the two-game weekend, the Bobcats will have a week’s worth of rest before opening up conference and playing at home against Arkansas-Little Rock.

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