Analyzing the victory: Texas State 2, New Mexico State 0

Sports Reporter

What the win means: The win puts Texas State at 5-2 for the season and extends the winning streak to four games. Friday night’s win improves the home-game record to 2-2 after the Bobcats lost the first two home matches of the season.

Turning point: The 77th minute when Rachel Grout, sophomore midfielder, finally put the Bobcats on the board. Following the goal, it seemed as if the floodgates opened. The Texas State attack had back-to-back shots on goal in the next two minutes before Clarissa Leon, junior forward, extended the lead to 2-0 in the 80th minute.

Pressure: The Bobcats had control of the game for majority of the match. Caitlynn Rinehart, senior goalkeeper, was only asked to make five saves Friday night. The ball remained on New Mexico State’s side of the field for most of that game as the Bobcats had seven more shots on goal.

Spotlight player: Lauren Prater, junior forward, was causing problems for the New Mexico defense all night. Although she didn’t score, her presence was known as she was attacking up the side of the field and slipping behind the backline consistently.

Good: The Texas State attack was applying pressure the whole game. Frustration started to build as time was running out for the Bobcats to capitalize on all the opportunities they were creating. The offense maintained the composer to keep attacking and pull off back-to-back goals in the last 15 minutes of the game.

Bad: The bad would have to be how long it took the offense to actually get on the board. The offense had 34 shots to New Mexico State’s eight. Granted Ashley Martin, freshman Aggie goalkeeper, had 11 saves, the Bobcats had a lot of chances to take control of the game.

Ugly: Corner kicks. Both good looks that the Aggie offense got came during corner kicks. The shots on goal were rebounds that got lost in the group after initial attack on goal.

What's next: The Bobcats will have one more match before opening Sun Belt conference play. Texas State is set to host Lamar Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. at the San Marcos Soccer Complex in San Marcos.