Analyzing the win: Texas State 4, Lamar 2

Sports Reporter

What the win means: The 3-1 victory against Lamar Sunday afternoon extends the Texas State soccer teams' winning streak to five games and improves the regular season record to 6-2-0.

Turning point: The turning point happened in the 61st minute when Lauren Prater, junior forward, broke the 1-1 tie. The Bobcats came out flat in the second half until Prater regained the momentum for the Texas State attack.

Spotlight player: Lauren Prater. Prater scored three goals Sunday afternoon, the first hat trick of the season. Prater has seven goals on the season and has been one of the bright spots of the Texas State offense all season. She was the first Texas State player since Sept. 12, 2010 to score three goals in a game. 

Winning ways: After losing two consecutive games at home to McNeese State and UTEP, Texas State has won five consecutive games. In this span, the Bobcats have outscored their opponents 15-3. 

Good: The passing for the Bobcats was solid Sunday afternoon. Every pass made positive progression for the attack and lead to 18 chances at goal. The chemistry between the players was noticeably smooth as the Lamar defense had no answer for the Bobcat offense.

Bad: Although the Bobcats put four goals on the board, the Bobcats had a lot of shots on goal that didn’t result in a point. Texas State’s 18 shots on goal only resulting in four goals was a point of concern for Link Scoggins, Bobcat assistant coach.

Ugly: Texas State wasn’t able to put a full-game together. While it was a solid performance as a whole, the Bobcats struggled to begin the second half. Communication and confidence was lacking until Prater regained the lead for the Bobcats.

What’s next: Texas State will have a weeks-worth of rest before opening up Sun Belt play. The Bobcats are scheduled to host Arkansas-Little Rock Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.