Analyzing the win: Texas State 2, Little Rock 1

Sports Reporter

What the win means: With the 2-1 victory, the Texas State soccer now has a (3-0) series lead over Little Rock. More importantly, the win means the Bobcats are undefeated in the Sun Belt Conference and extends their wining streak to six games.

Turning point: The injury to Elizabeth Havenhill, sophomore defender. Following the injury, Little Rock gained some traction against the Bobcats defense. The injury resulted when Havenhill collided with a Trojans’ player inside the penalty box.

Havenhill injury: Texas State wasn’t as organized after the injury. It was apparent how important Havenhill is to the backline. Little Rock gained the momentum and used the injury as an opportunity. Space opened up in behind for the Trojans and they took advantage with the goal. The Bobcats eventually regained composure and dominated play in the latter half of the second period.

Maddie Nichols: The junior midfielder was making defensive plays and winning possession all night. As the quarterback of the midfield, Nichols guided the Bobcats’ attack while keeping the backline organized. Multiple times Little Rock tried to break forward but Nichols was there to stymie the attack.

Good: The Bobcats’ defensive anticipation was outstanding. Chandler Cooney, sophomore defender, and Nichols frequently cut out passes and regained possession. The backline was organized and defended in groups well. Offensively, there were chances for the Bobcats. Lynsey Curry, senior forward, received a pass in the final third and began running towards net. Curry quickly shifted directions past two Little Rock defenders and got a clean look on goal. Curry showed her poise as she calmly put the ball past Sara Small, the Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week.

Bad: Texas State's corner kicks left a lot to be desired. The team struggled with their deliveries. Most corners that the Bobcats took were headed away by the first defender.

Ugly: The team struggled with decision-making in the 18-yard box. Assistant coach Link Scoggins said the Bobcats took angled shots as opposed to passing.

What they said: “We want aggressive the whole 90 minutes, so yes it was a brilliant start,” Scoggins said. “UALR was able to put the pressure back on us but towards the middle of the second half it was all pressure back on them.”

What's next: The Bobcats are slated to face Arkansas State on Sunday at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. It will be the second game in their non-conference schedule and an opportunity to get the early lead in conference.