Soccer ties South Alabama in first Sunbelt game

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Sports Reporter

The Texas State soccer team tied South Alabama in its first Sun Belt Conference game of the season Friday 2-2.

The Bobcats allowed Jaguars senior midfielder Clarissa Hernandez to score within the first two minutes of the game. Less than 15 minutes later Hernandez scored again for her second goal of the match.

Texas State responded with several attacks starting with sophomore forward Lynsey Curry’s shot on goal. Junior forward Tori Hale also responded with a shot on goal but was saved by Jaguars senior goalkeeper Melissa Drish.

Curry scored her fifth goal of the season for the Bobcats in the 20th minute and received the assist from sophomore defender Kristen Champion.

“We knew we had to keep them composed,” said Coach Kat Conner. “We knew we had to change the point of attack and go at people. We couldn’t let them lose sight that they were doing the right thing. (We) stayed calm and composed and knew we were going to get the goal.”

Texas State continued to stay aggressive as Curry and Hale both had shots two minutes later. Both teams were held shot less until the 40th minute when Kristen Champion had a shot on goal but was saved by Drish.

With the game nearing the end, freshman midfielder Maddie Nichols scored her first goal of the season tying the game at two in the 84th minute.

“I was really happy to score my first goal,” Nichols said. “ I think after that it got us really fired up. There was no way I could’ve scored that goal without Lynsey playing me a perfect ball so I pretty much owe it all to her too.”

The game stayed tied going into the first overtime 2-2. The team proceeded into double overtime and no one was able to break the tie. This is the second tie of the season for the Bobcats and they look to change the outcome as they head to Troy to take on their second Sun Belt conference opponent.