Bobcats, Coach Conner take 150th win

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Gabbi Cottee, senior forward, hurdles her opponent Aug. 30 to reach the ball.

Coach Kat Conner and the Texas State soccer team won their 150th game Aug. 30, keeping the shutout streak alive with a 5-0 win against Prairie View A&M.

Texas State was committed to taking as many shots as possible. The team got two shots on goal within the first five minutes and 17 shots in the first half. Senior forward Gabbi Cottee was the first to strike. Her header from the corner kick by junior forward Tori Hale was the first goal of the game and her second of the season.

Minutes later sophomore midfielder Landry Lowe assisted Lynsey Curry to her second goal of the season. Lynsey Curry did not waste much time after the first goal as she scored her second of the night and third of the year with eight minutes left before the half to put the Bobcats ahead, 3-0.

“Knowing the previous record does give us some motivation and adrenaline to come out and keep that shutout,” said sophomore forward Lynsey Curry. “I think that’s what fueled us today. They’re a good opponent, but we knew we might have the upper hand.”

Coming out of the break, Texas State showed the same aggressiveness as it did in the first half, shooting the ball 16 times. Senior midfielder Sydney Curry got in on the action by scoring an unassisted goal. The Bobcats kept their scoring momentum as junior midfielder Jourdan Brown scored her first goal of the season coming from a pass by freshman forward Jamie Couch.

Conner was pleased with the outcome of the game, but saw room for improvement as Texas State headed to Norman Sept. 1 to face Big 12 opponent Oklahoma.

“We were aggressive on the attack, and that’s something we didn’t do against SFA, so we got a chance do that this game,” Conner said. “We do need to work on getting better looks instead of shooting the ball so far.”

Looking to use the momentum from their performance against the Panthers, the Bobcats headed to Oklahoma Sunday for an afternoon game against the Sooners. The ball club started off slow, not getting a shot for the entire first half.

The Bobcats held the Sooners to one goal until junior forward Daisy Cardona scored in the 72nd minute of the match. Cardona started a scoring trend for Oklahoma as the Sooners scored three goals within a 17-minute span winning 4-0.  

“We tried to keep OU in front of us as much as possible,” Conner said. “(We were) frustrating them as much as we could.”

Next up for Texas State is a rematch against McNeese State, which the Bobcats lost to last year 1-0 in San Marcos. The only goal of the contest came in the 35th minute by now Cowgirls senior midfielder Johna Germany. The match will be held in Lake Charles Sept. 6.

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