Soccer up against Western Kentucky, Georgia State

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Sports Reporter

The Texas State soccer team continues Sun Belt play heading into the weekend, playing its first set of home games in two weeks.

The Bobcats first take on the Georgia State Panthers Friday. The night game is the first meeting between the two teams, and Coach Kat Conner looks to capitalize on the team’s momentum going into the matchup.

“We feel confident that we came out with four points last weekend,” Conner said. “We need to get two wins to stay in the race for the championship.”

The Panthers are currently fifth in the Sun Belt standings coming off a split weekend of conference games. Georgia State is 3-6-1 this season and 2-3 in its last five games. The Panthers are 2-3-1 in away games, and the Bobcats are 3-1-1 at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.

“It’s definitely more comforting to be at our own field,” said sophomore midfielder Landry Lowe. “With our own fans, our own field and our own parents, it is nice. With my parents coming up this weekend, it always makes me feel more at home and more comfortable.”

The Bobcats are second in the conference with a 1-0-1 record and 2-2-1 in their past five games. The team is looking to improve the defense and force more shutouts.

“Defensively we need to stay solid,” Conner said. “We have to get some shutouts going here and offensively look to spring newer ways to attack and not just Lynsey (Curry).”

Sophomore forward Lynsey Curry has led the attack in the past two games with 14 shots, topping the team with five goals for the season.

The Bobcats are 4-2 while playing night games this season and are working throughout the week to prepare for Friday’s game.

“My teammates and I really focusing on keeping the momentum going and trying to stay focused,” Lowe said. “We need to keeping pulling out wins and build the momentum we have going. We don’t want to stop that.”

Looking to bring the same drive from the Georgia State matchup, the Bobcats take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Sunday.

The Hilltoppers are currently on top of the Sun Belt standings with a 2-0 conference record and a 4-3-4 record overall.

“They have a great attack,” Conner said. “They can quickly get forward, so number one is getting our defenders to know where the runs are and tracking them better.”

Western Kentucky is on a three-game winning streak heading into San Marcos. They lead the Sun Belt in points with six and outscore their opponents 10-9.

“We are definitely looking forward at that competition,” Lowe said. “Seeing how well we play going up against someone we know is already ranked higher than us makes us more willing to beat them.”

Though undefeated in conference play, Western Kentucky is last in the Sun Belt in goals scored with 10 and is third to last in shots attempted with 160.

The Bobcats will be facing senior goalkeeper Nora Abolins, who leads the conference in save percentage and shutouts.

The defense of the Hilltoppers is the best in the Sun Belt, allowing only nine goals this season and is second in shutouts with four.