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Soccer turns scoreless first half into 2-0 victory over Aggies

The frustration mounted for the Texas State soccer team, in large part due to the shot disparity. Texas State owned the match with 34 shots to the New Mexico State’s eight.

It was not until the 77th minute that the Bobcats finally got on the scoreboard.

“In those situations we just have to stay composed and keep creating the chances,” said assistant coach Link Scoggins said.

Scoggins said the team addressed the frustrations at halftime but just had to keep pressuring and come up with the goal at the end of the shot attempts.

Rachel Grout, sophomore midfielder, scored her first goal of the season when Maddie Nichols, junior midfielder, volleyed the ball into the box to give the Bobcats the lead late in the second half.

Bobcats begin conference play with four-set win against Georgia State

The Sun Belt Conference season began with a bang for the Texas State volleyball team.

Texas State took control of the match early and took care of business against the Georgia State Panthers, 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17).

Texas State came out focused as they won the first two sets, but set two was not easy.

Georgia State began to comeback in set number two after a 6-1 run to bring the score to 15-14.

It was time to buckle down for Texas State, and they finished off the set on a 10-4 run to give them two sets to the Panther’s zero.

Texas State couldn’t fight off Georgia State in set three to sweep the match, but set four was all Bobcats.

Analyzing the victory: Texas State 2, New Mexico State 0

What the win means: The win puts Texas State at 5-2 for the season and extends the winning streak to four games. Friday night’s win improves the home-game record to 2-2 after the Bobcats lost the first two home matches of the season.

Turning point: The 77th minute when Rachel Grout, sophomore midfielder, finally put the Bobcats on the board. Following the goal, it seemed as if the floodgates opened. The Texas State attack had back-to-back shots on goal in the next two minutes before Clarissa Leon, junior forward, extended the lead to 2-0 in the 80th minute.

Analyzing the victory: Texas State 3, Georgia State 1

What the win means: This match began conference play for both teams, and the Bobcats showed their presence throughout. Texas State dominated the majority of the match even though Georgia State ran away with some big runs. Texas State recorded a better hit percentage, more kills, set assists, and digs than the Panthers. The Bobcats were projected to finish second in the Sun Belt this season and they showed why tonight.

Conner to take reduced head coaching role

Coach Kat Conner will take a reduced head coaching role with the Texas State soccer team to recover from surgery, the athletic deparment announced Friday.

Conner's reduced role, which will be effective immediately, include overseeing team operations, recruiting, reviewing game film and supporting the coaching staff.

Assistant coach Link Scoggins will assume Conner's head coaching duties, along with assistant coach Lauren Frazier. Scoggins has been an assistant coach at Texas State for four seasons. 

"We fully expect to have Coach Conner leading our program again when she returns to a full capacity in the near future," said Larry Teis, athletics director. 

Under Conner, the Texas State soccer program has won 171 games in 17 seasons. 

Matchups to watch: Texas State vs. Southern Mississippi

1. Rusmin Nikocevic vs. Ito Smith

Nikocevic, senior defensive lineman, burst onto the scene for the Bobcats last week with 2.5 tackles for loss. Nikocevic had the second-highest total tackles for the Bobcats with five last week.

Smith, sophomore running back, has recorded 204 yards in his first two games. In the game against Austin Peay, Smith ran for 135 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. The key to this matchup is whether Nikocevic continues his dominance in the backfield or Smith breaks out into the second and third level of the defense.

2. Brandon McDowell vs. Southern Mississippi’s punt coverage

Tennis accounting for high-altitude in Colorado

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The state of Colorado is known for its high altitude, which differs from the backdrop of the Texas State tennis team’s last tournament in Cancun, Mexico.

It will present a different set of challenges, but Coach Tory Plunkett is not too worried.

“Our strength and conditioning coach said he’s going to bring straws so while we are going to be doing strength and conditioning we are going to have to breathe through straws,” Plunkett said. “I hope he’s kidding.”

The Bobcats did not let the weather have any effect on their play in Mexico. Other teams, however, weren’t as prepared for the high humidity front.

Confident women's golf team begins season at Schooner Fall Classic tournament

Experience is key coming into the first tournament of the year for the Texas State women’s golf team.

The Bobcats have only had a few weeks to prepare for the annual Schooner Fall Classic tournament against Oklahoma, but that won't stop them from competing at a high level according to Coach Mike Akers.

“The team has been working very hard every week to prepare,” Akers said. “There’s some new players and we’re kind of getting to know them, but I think we’re ready to go.”

The course in Oklahoma isn’t anything new to the team, as only one player hasn’t seen it before. The Bobcats are planning on using their knowledge and experience from past tournaments in Oklahoma to finish in a higher place than last season.

Men's golf goes down swinging at St. Mary's Intercollegiate Invitational

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The Texas State men’s golf team failed to get a quick start and was unable to get into any rhythm at the St. Mary’s Intercollegiate Invitational.

It was a tough outing for the team, who seemed to struggle with their swing the entire tournament. Coach Shane Howell wasn’t satisfied with the results.

“We played OK our first round. It put us in good position, but the last two days we played mediocre at best,” Howell said.

The course played a big factor in the tournament. It was a known challenge heading into the contest, but the course got the best of the players.

 “Unfortunately for us, we had a couple of players who couldn’t find their swing,” Howell said. “On this kind of course we cannot afford that, which led us to the kind of scores we had.”

Game preview: Bobcats ready for the test against Southern Mississippi

In the first game of the season, the Texas State football team allowed 59 points and the offense scored 16. The opposite happened in the second game, with the offense scoring 63 and the defense allowing 24.

This Saturday against Southern Miss, Coach Dennis Franchione anticipates a mixture of the two games with both offenses putting points up on the board in a track meet type football game.

“I would think going into the game that there is going to be some points put up on the board by both of them,” Franchione said. “Both defenses are capable of getting them out of sync, but right now if you look at things, it’s a pretty good assessment to say.”

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