What the win means: The Texas State soccer team has a seven game winning streak, the program's longest since 2011.
It also means the Bobcats have an early lead in the conference standings at 2-0. Conference games are the most important games on the schedule because it determines the post-season tournament seeding. The win gives the Bobcats a 3-0 all-time series lead over Arkansas State.
Turning point: Halftime. The Bobcats had plenty of opportunities in the first half but were down 1-0. Then Texa State came out in the second half and played aggressive and had better connections.
Growing confidence: The Bobcats are confident. Regardless of the score, the team somehow finds a way to win. Now with a seven game streak, the Bobcats are playing with momentum and showcasing why they were picked to finish third in preseason polls.
Spotlight player(s): Kelley Barbalias, freshman midfielder, came into the game and filled in nicely at the center defensive role. Barbalias won header after header. She played a key role in resetting the Bobcats offense and stifiling the Red Wolves offense.
Kristen Champion, senior defender, played a solid game filling in for the injured Liz Havenhill, sophomore defender. Champion used her veteran poise to seal out opponents while staying organized with the backline.
Good: The Bobcats controlled possession throughout the first half and had multiple opportunities. The communication was there between the defenders and midfielders. Caitlynn Rinehart, senior goalkeeper, was quick off her line all night and showed why she is one of the best goalies in the conference. Kassi Hormuth, sophomore forward, subbed in and provided depth. The corner kicks were a lot better than Friday. Alyssa Phelan, sophomore forward, and Hormuth assumed the role and created better opportunities in the penalty box.
Bad: Clearing the ball proved to be a problem in their own half. Arkansas State had a throw-in specialist that tossed the ball in the penalty box. For the most part, the team did a decent job at clearing throw-ins until the Red Wolves scored in the 81st via a throw-in.
Ugly: The Bobcats didn’t execute their scouting report the way assistant coach Link Scoggins intended. The team fell behind twice due to miscues in the box and weren’t able to clear the ball out of dangerous space.
What they said: "There is something that clicks in this group that when we need a goal, they dig deep," Scoggins said. "The pace picks up both on the ball and off the ball."
What's next: The Bobcats will face Appalachian State Oct. 4 in Boone, North Carolina. The team is looking to improve to 3-0 in conference play.