The Texas State soccer team trailed late in regulation to the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
Just before the final whistle, Lauren Prater, junior forward, received a pass from a teammate and lofted the ball over the goalkeeper to tie the game at 1-1 in the 83rd minute.
It wasn’t long before the Bobcats took advantage, as Lynsey Curry, senior forward, scored the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute.
The goal propelled the Bobcats to a 3-2 victory over the Red Wolves Sunday afternoon and moved their conference record to 2-0.
Although the Bobcats controlled possession throughout the game the team needed to come from behind twice to tie the game.
Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the team was resilient but they failed to follow the scouting report.
“I don’t think we executed our scout game plan as well as we should have today,” Scoggins said “A little bit was to Arkansas because they switched it up on us but for the most part we were able to deal with it.”
With fewer scoring opportunities, the Red Wolves made the most of their opportunities with a goal in the 81st minute off a long throw-in. The goal put Arkansas State ahead 2-1 with nine minutes to play.
And for the second time this weekend the Bobcats were tied after regulation.
Scoggins said the Bobcats’ resiliency is part of their nature.
“There is something that clicks in this group that when we need a goal, they dig deep. The pace picks up both on the ball and off the ball,” Scoggins said.
The pace picked up in overtime, as the Bobcats didn’t waste much time getting early runs at the goal with Kira Zapalac, sophomore midfielder, took the ball and ran down the left hand side of the field. Zapalac cut right and had a scoring opportunity but the goalkeeper deflected the shot away.
Minutes later, Curry turned and hit the shot off a half volley and beat the outstretched hand of the goalkeeper.
Scoggins said he was pleased with the win but knows the team can do better with shot selection.
“Finishing was a little bit of an issue,” Scoggins said. “We missed a few chances--at times we made poor decisions.”
The team has momentum with the seven game winning streak but needs to focus on the task at hand.
“It’s just getting back to executing the game plan like they have done so well--up until today,” Scoggins said.
Texas State continues conference play Oct. 4 against Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina at 1 p.m.