Bobcats continue season opener success, falter to ex-Southland rival

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Sports Reporter

The Bobcats continued their success in season openers Friday, defeating the Northwestern State Lady Demons 3–1 in their third straight win.

“It’s exciting to start off the season with a win,” said sophomore forward Lynsey Curry. “It keeps our spirits up and motivates us to keep playing hard.”

Texas State scored early when senior forward Gabbi Cottee put one in the net after being rebounded off the Northwestern State goalie. Not long after, the Lady Demons tied it at one and less than a minute later Curry scored her first goal of the season, gaining the lead

“It’s a good start to the season,” Curry said. “I just like to score for my teammates in order to win more games.”  

Going into the half, the Bobcats outshot the Lady Demons seven to three. The club continued with this mentality after halftime, rattling off another seven shots in the second half.

Senior goalkeeper Natalie Gardini saved seven of the eight shots attempted by the Lady Demons.

Gardini’s performance led Coach Kat Conner to make the decision of naming her MVP of the game. The momentum from the season opening victory did not transfer to the next game.

The team fell to former Southland Conference foe Stephen F. Austin Aug. 25, 1–0. Pushing the Bobcats’ overall record against SFA to 3-4 in the past five seasons.

“We did not recover emotional, mentally, or physically,” Conner said. “We didn’t have that fire we saw on Friday night.”

SFA scored in minute 42 of the game on a penalty kick, giving the Lumberjacks the lead and eventual victory. The Bobcats produced eight less shots in the match against SFA than the club did against the Lady Demons.

“I wouldn’t say that they did anything special,” Curry said. “We just didn’t attack and when it came to the second half—it was just too late.”

In the second half the Bobcats took only three shots, while the Lumberjacks outmatched them with five. The game appeared to have all the intensity of any other game between the two rivals. Last year’s game had the same outcome with a similar circumstance of a goal coming on a penalty kick.

The ball club is off to a 1-1 start and will look to gain momentum when they take on Prairie View A&M Aug. 30 in the Bobcats’ home opener.