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. 

Bobcats looking to keep winning streak alive

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the Texas State women’s soccer team is looking to focus on maintaining the teams’ current mindset as the Sun Belt Conference season approaches.

The Bobcats are currently on a three-game winning streak, with two non-conference games remaining and a 4-2 record.

Texas State begins the two-game home stand this Friday at the Bobcat Soccer Complex where the team will host the New Mexico State Aggies.

“The confidence is there,” Scoggins said. “But New Mexico State and Lamar are teams that if we don’t take care of business, could result in a loss.”

The biggest task at hand for the coaches is how well the team will handle adversity.

Soccer outpaces Northwestern 4-0 on the road

The Texas State soccer team took an early lead Sunday and never looked back.

Kira Zapalac, sophomore midfielder, made her mark in the 12th minute by scoring on the first look at goal. Zapalac received the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and was able to turn and attempt a shot.

Stephen F. Austin surrendered an own goal to put the Bobcats up 2-0 late in the first half. Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the own goal was a testament to the Bobcats’ pressure.

“Our presence and our determination took us to a ball and forced them into a mistake and they paid for it,” Scoggins said.

The mistake was too much to overcome for the Ladyjacks as Texas State went on to win 4-0 Sunday afternoon in Nacogdoches.

Bobcats look to continue winning ways against Northwestern State

The Texas State soccer team is back on track after two wins against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Prairie View A&M last week, which improved its season record to 3-2.

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the team will be working on spacing going into Friday’s matchup against the Northwestern State Lady Demons.

“Just from looking at the two games this weekend and practice, we got to start working together—more connected than we were this last weekend,” Scoggins said.

Scoggins wants to see more connection from the team and better movement.

Hormuth working to become goal scoring threat this year

A position change in sports can make or break an athlete. For Kassi Hormuth, sophomore forward, her biggest challenge this season is completing the switch from midfielder to forward.

“I think taking on a new role because last year I played primarily attacking mid,” Hormuth said. “Taking on forward is a little bit different. It’s good, I like it and it is something new and more of a challenge to get into a new position.”

Last season, Hormuth was second among her freshman class in goals (3) and assists (1) behind Rachel Grout, sophomore forward. Coach Kat Conner said Hormuth still needs to come out of her newcomer role.

Soccer responds with two goals in second half to defeat Panthers

After a scoreless first half, assitant coach Link Scoggins didn’t make many adjustments during halftime. He just asked for more work from the players.

“I don’t know if it was just hot or if they just weren’t fresh from Fridays game," Scoggins said. “But the movement off the ball wasn’t spectacular so we just demanded a higher work rate from the girls to make sure we could have better options once we moved the ball up.”

The Texas State soccer team gained the momentum early in the second half against Prairie View A&M and scored two goals to improve to 3-2 on the season.

The game was in the 72nd minute when the Bobcats finally got on the board when Kassi Hormuth, sophomore forward, launched the ball over the goalie.

Prater scores two goals in the Bobcats' 3-1 victory

After back-to-back losses, the Texas State soccer team was solely focused on getting off to a solid start tonight against Texas A&M Corpus Christi Friday night. 

“Right off the bat we just had the determination to make a statement within the first ten minutes,” said assistant coach Link Scoggins said. “We started out early serving balls into the box and started to create chances at the end of those plays.”

Texas State improved to 2-2 on the season after a 3-1 win Friday night against A&M Corpus Christi.

The Bobcats scored their first goal in the 50th minute after a scoreless first half. Kira Zapalac, sophomore midfielder, scored her first goal of the season with an assist from Landry Lowe, senior midfielder.

Bobcats attempting to bounce back from two-game losing streak

Coach Kat Conner is stressing the importance of getting back on the winning track this weekend against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Texas State soccer team comes into Friday’s matchup at Dugan Stadium having lost the previous two games.

“I’m just going to throw this last weekend away,” Conner said. “Start fresh and not worry about it. Get back to business of getting them back in to sync and rhythm. And get back on the winning track with Corpus Christi.”

Even though these teams aren’t familiar with each other, they find themselves in familiar territory.

Islanders Coach Shanna Caldwell will have a similar plan against the Bobcats, after starting the season 0-3.

Prater finding her 'shooting boots' this year

Lauren Prater, junior forward, is growing into what Coach Kat Conner calls “shooting boots.”

Prater’s role has slowly transitioned coming into her third season with the Texas State soccer team.

Coach Conner said Prater is growing as a striker and is playing a similar style to Tori Hale, former Texas State soccer player, who holds the all-time program record in assists (19).

Putting the ball in the back of the net is the first priority for a striker so, naturally, Prater is looking to transition into more of a goal-scoring threat this season. Prater began the season with a goal in Texas State’s 2-0 win over Houston.

Bobcats allow late goal in 2-1 loss to UTEP

Things looked bright for the Texas State soccer team as they drove towards the second half with the lead until Aleah Davis, Miners junior midfielder, made her mark on the game.

Davis ran down the right-hand side of the field and delivered a cross that passed the outstretched hand of Caitlynn Rinehart, senior goalkeeper.

The Bobcats lost momentum after Davis' goal and never quite got back into form.

In the 78th minute, Davis put the finishing touches on the game as she threw the ball from the corner flag and found Bri Barreiro, Miners junior midfielder. The goal in the 78th minute put the game out of reach and sealed the Bobcats’ 2-1 loss to UTEP Sunday afternoon at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. 


Subscribe to RSS - Soccer