Bobcats finish with loss, draw against McNeese, Rice

Sports Reporter

The Texas State soccer team finished with a loss and a draw in a pair of double overtime matches against McNeese State and Rice this past weekend.

The Bobcats have not won a contest in their last three attempts. It is their longest drought since their five-game losing streak last year, spanning 17 days in September 2012.

McNeese State junior midfielder Tori Lasiter nailed the game-winning goal with 5:44 remaining in the second overtime period Friday. Texas State yielded a season low four shots on goal, but the Cowgirls capitalized on defensive miscommunications.

“There was a bit of a mix up in the backline, when they got their two goals,” said Coach Kat Conner. “One player thought she was going to the ball, and they both stopped. Then we gave up a corner in overtime, and we didn’t get on the corner, and they put it away. It was a heartbreaker.”

Rice notched two goals in a 2-1 victory against Texas State last year. The Bobcats stalled the Owls’ offensive attack Sunday, limiting them to five shots in the first half.

“Rice came out all over us in the first 15 minutes,” Conner said. “We weathered the storm. But then we came back, got our attacks going (and) got our composure. And we really started to knock on the door.”
A 95-minute weather delay in the ensuing half undercut some of that momentum.

“Anytime there is a long delay, it’s always hard mentally,” Conner said. “You start to get hungry, and you lose some focus. For us to come back and get ourselves back into it, I’m really proud of them for not losing their focus. Maybe we didn’t play our best, but we did fight hard.”

Sophomore forward Lynsey Curry tallied 17 shots in the past two games, though she did not convert on any of her chances. Curry leads the team in shot attempts, shots on goal and goals through six games this season.

“It’s my job,” Curry said. “I should have opportunities. I just need to work on being more consistent and finishing the job.”

Texas State generated four corner kicks in the second overtime, but Rice cleared each of those opportunities. Senior goalkeeper Natalie Gardini stopped a season-high nine shots and had her first shutout of the season.

“We outplayed them,” Curry said. “We had the momentum. It’s unfortunate because we definitely could have won, but the adversity, the rain and lightning threw us off.”

The Bobcats continue the rest of a three-game home stand against Sam Houston State and UTEP this weekend, prior to their road matchup against the University of Texas Sept. 20. Sun Belt Conference play begins Sept. 27 against South Alabama.

Texas State is 40-13-2 in its past 55 home games, dating back to the 2008-09 season.

“It’s always fun to stay at home and not travel,” Conner said. “It’ll give us extra days of practice, and opportunities to clean and polish things up. It’ll be nice to stay home for a bit.”

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