Bobcats beginning conference play on five-game winning streak

The Texas State soccer team, led offensively by Lauren Prater, junior forward, will enter Friday’s match against the Little Rock Trojans with a five-game winning streak.

With Sara Small, Trojans senior goalkeeper, leading the defense, Little Rock finished its non-conference schedule with a 0-0 tie against the University of Texas.

Prater was awarded the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week after scoring three goals against Lamar.

Small, meanwhile, received the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week as a result of her shutout. With both teams in good form, it should provide for a compelling conference opener.

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said he knows the team is confident but it’s a matter of creating chances.

Practice report: Bobcats moving on to Houston

Following last week’s loss to Southern Mississippi, the Texas State football team has its mind on the next opponent: Houston Cougars.

The Bobcats will be making the 154-mile commute to TDECU stadium in Houston this weekend.

Because of the short distance between each school, Coach Dennis Franchione decided to close all practices to the public this week.

Being a head coach is like playing chess and this is the move that Franchione wants to make to give his team the best chance to check mate the Cougars.

Franchione is using this strategy so nobody from Houston will be able to see what Texas State is working on this week in practice. Franchione is a coach who isn’t shy about sprinkling in trick plays and there could be a few on Saturday.

Next up for the Bobcats: Houston

About Texas State: The Texas State football team is going into Houston looking for its first win on the road. The Bobcats have the majority of their tough games on the road this season, so they will need to get comfortable in enemy territory. The team is currently 0-1 on the road after facing Florida State in the first week.

Women's golf shows improvement in Schooner Fall Classic

Improvements are already happening for the Texas State women’s golf team this season.

The Bobcats competed in the 3rd-annual Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Oklahoma this past weekend and improved its placing from last year by seven places, finishing at ninth place overall. 

Playing against teams like Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Texas A&M was challenging for the Bobcats, but they still accomplished what they sought out to do. 

“We had to play really good to match up against these Big-12 teams,” said Coach Mike Akers. “In the first round we dug a hole, we placed fine but against this caliber of competition you have got to be flawless.”

Press conference recap: Franchione discusses Southern Miss, struggling defense, Houston

After a 56-50 loss to Southern Mississippi last week, Coach Dennis Franchione addressed the media Tuesday afternoon recapping the game and looking ahead towards Houston.

Opening statement: "Reflecting back on Saturday night, it’s tough to lose at home. It’s a shootout. Not much defense played by either team. We missed a turn or two, and got behind in the cycle and never caught up. The kids battled hard. We played not very well on defense, and we played a pretty solid game most of the evening on offense. The kicking game was better than the week before."

Prater earns Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week

After Lauren Prater, junior forward, notched the Texas State soccer program's first hat trick since 2010, this was a given.

Prater is the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week, capping a weekend in which she scored three goals in Texas State's 4-2 win over Lamar Sunday afternoon. Her goals occured in the 17th, 62nd and 63rd minutes -- the last two happened 38 seconds apart. 

In all, Prater leads the team in goals (7) and points (15) this season. Before the season, the intention was to utilize Prater as a backup but she worked her way into a spot in the starting rotation, with six consecutive starts.

Jones named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week

A career-best performance against Southern Mississippi was not enough for Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, to earn the Texas State football teams' second win of the season.

Jones will have to settle with being the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week. In the 56-50 loss, Jones accounted for a career-high 470 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns. 

Jones ran for 160 yards on 18 carries, including two touchdown runs of 54 and 35 yards. He completed 31 of 46 passes for 333 yards, with eight different receivers totaling a reception. 

Facing a 21-point deficit in the third quarter, Jones led two touchdown drives to shave the difference to seven points. It would have been the second double-digit deficit erased under Jones' tutelage.

Game rewind: Jones turns in career-best performance against Southern Mississippi

In a game with 1,204 total yards, there was one player who accounted for more than a third of that total.

That rare distinction belongs to Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, who finished the 56-50 loss to Southern Mississippi Saturday night with a career-high 470 all-purpose yards.

His performance nearly allowed Texas State to come away with a victory despite its defense allowing 613 yards.

What Jones’ stats don’t tell you is that he needed to help his team rally from two double-digit deficits in the same game.

'The Legend of San Marcos' making his mark at Texas State

Under the lights of Doak Campbell Stadium, with the “Tomahawk Chop” being yelled into his ears by 80,000 Seminole fans, Lumi Kaba, junior kicker, became the legend of San Marcos.

The ESPN broadcast tagged Kaba with the nickname during his performance that concluded with seven punts for 326 yards.

His journey to that point was an unusual one, however.

Kaba was born and raised in Europe, where soccer is the main sport among the youth. The young European boy learned to love the game from his father, Ziber Kaba.

Lumi Kaba played forward throughout his soccer career.

While Lumi shared the same love for the game with his father, they disagreed on which teams to root for.

Schneider becoming a key cog for the cross country team

From running on the hard concrete of the big city to the soft grass of the hill country, freshman cross country runner Devina Schneider is already proving to be someone to keep an eye on.

Schneider was born in Georgetown, Texas and grew up in Houston. Making the switch from a small town to a big city may have been an adjustment for Schneider, but she seems to have found her niche now that she’s attending Texas State.

Coming to a school nearly three hours away with over 35,000 students can be intimidating, but Schneider is leaning on her team and her training regimen to keep her steady.

“It’s good to have a routine and something that’s stable with college life,” Schneider said. “It’s nice having a group to begin college with.”


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