Soccer turns scoreless first half into 2-0 victory over Aggies

Sports Reporter

The frustration mounted for the Texas State soccer team, in large part due to the shot disparity. Texas State owned the match with 34 shots to the New Mexico State’s eight.

It was not until the 77th minute that the Bobcats finally got on the scoreboard.

“In those situations we just have to stay composed and keep creating the chances,” said assistant coach Link Scoggins said.

Scoggins said the team addressed the frustrations at halftime but just had to keep pressuring and come up with the goal at the end of the shot attempts.

Rachel Grout, sophomore midfielder, scored her first goal of the season when Maddie Nichols, junior midfielder, volleyed the ball into the box to give the Bobcats the lead late in the second half.

Grout’s goal was quickly followed up by a goal from Clarissa Leon, junior forward. Leon’s goal caught the top right corner of the goal after Taylor Allen, junior defender, sent in the corner kick.

The 2-0 victory Friday night improves the team’s record to 5-2 and extends the teams winning streak to four games.

“That first goal was really exciting,” Grout said. “It was more of a relief. We were all over them all game and it just felt really good to finally get one in.”

Grout said the offense was focusing the attack on the outside and trying to get a good cross into the box when they finally connected.

The defense wasn’t asked to do much but when needed, Caitlynn Rinehart, senior goalkeeper, was a solid last line of defense.

The Aggie attack had five shots on goal and Rinehart had five total saves. Rinehart’s season record improved to 5-2-0.

Scoggins said the win was big in part due to the fact that conference play is approaching.

“We just want our intensity and chemistry to be at it’s peak moving forward,” Scoggins said. “Tonight’s game and Sundays game are all about momentum.”

The most important aspect of the Bobcat attack that he wanted the team to take away from Friday night’s game was the creating of opportunities.

Grout said the win has added to the confidence that is being built throughout the team. At the same time, she understands that the team needs to take the season one game at a time and improve as the season progresses.

The win improves the home record to 2-2 for the season with the next three games scheduled in San Marcos.

Which is even more significant considering the first two Sun Belt matchups are at home. The Bobcats are starting to look more and more in sync offensively while Rinehart appears to have the defense in line.

Texas State will have one final non-conference match Sunday afternoon against Lamar.

“If we can carry over tonight into Sunday and finish Sunday,” Scoggins said. “Then we’ll be riding high as we go into the Sun Belt. And I think that’s very important to be gaining momentum as you enter conference play.”