Prater's three goals help Bobcats defeat Cardinals 4-2

Sports Reporter

Lauren Prater, junior forward, scored the first goal of the game in the 17th minute. That wasn't the end of her night though. 

Prater finished with three goals in the Texas State soccer teams' 4-2 victory against Lamar Sunday afternoon. Her second and third goals occured in the 61st and 62nd minute. 

Prater, who leads the team with seven goals in eight games, completed the program's first hat trick since Sept. 12, 2012. 

Texas State succeeded in taking care of the task at hand — maintain momentum.

The 4-2 win over Lamar Sunday afternoon extended the team’s winning streak to five games and concluded the non-conference slate with a 6-2-0 record.

Heading into Sun Belt Conference play next weekend with peak chemistry and confidence was atop the agenda list of this weekend for assistant coach Link Scoggins.

“This weekend was about stressing to get the momentum with Sun Belt play around the corner,” Scoggins said. “Momentum going into conference is key.”

The Bobcats started the game firing on all cylinders. Lauren Prater, junior forward, scored her first goal of the game in the 17th minute to give the team an early lead.

The Texas State attack did a solid job at creating chances and maintaining possession throughout the first half.

Lynsey Curry, senior forward, and Prater were constantly stressing the Lamar backline while Taylor Allen, junior defender, advanced the ball down the sideline to develop the offensive chances.

“Our chemistry is very good right now,” Prater said. “We knew going into conference play that we needed both wins this weekend.”

Prater said the team stressed going into conference play with a lot of confidence but she does not want overlook anybody.

Lamar made in-game adjustments to start the second half that gave the Bobcats some trouble. The Cardinals applied extra pressure, keeping the Bobcats out of sync until the 61st minute.

Alli Jones, junior midfielder, scored her first goal of the season to extend the lead to 4-1. Lamar scored shortly to close the final score at 4-2. 

“We came out slow in the second half but we just stuck to what was working.” Scoggins said. “Lynsey and Lauren had great movement and everything started to open up and we took advantage of our chances.”

The 4-2 victory Sunday afternoon is the third straight home win. The first two conference matches are scheduled at home in San Marcos.

The Bobcats will begin conference play Sept. 25 against Little Rock at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.

“We knew going into this weekend that we wanted to build on our confidence,” Prater said. “Our chemistry is as good as it’s been between everyone working together. We’re looking forward to next weekend and getting conference play started.”