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Texas State heading into Sun Belt tournament despite loss

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The Texas State soccer team had already secured its spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament heading into the final game of the regular season against Georgia State.

With the postseason clinched, the Bobcats ended the regular season with a 1-0 loss against Georgia State.

“I felt we played a little sporadic,” Coach Kat Conner said. “We need to play more together and in unison. There was great individual effort, but we need all 11 players in complete rhythm and unison.”

A majority of the first half was a midfield battle as each team was pressured to gain possession of the ball.

Bobcats hope to finish season on high note

The soccer season is winding down, and the Bobcats are in a position to gain some momentum before the postseason tournament.

Texas State finishes this season on the road against Georgia Southern and Georgia State.

“Its definitely weird,” senior forward Tori Hale said. “It’s all kind of hitting me after senior day. I’m excited because it’s ending on such a good note so far, so I hope we can keep that going, and I just really want us to end on a high note.”

The Georgia Southern Eagles have not lost a home game this season. The Eagles, sitting at a 9-5-1 record overall, are 2-0 at home in Sun Belt Conference play.

Team splits against Louisiana schools at home over weekend

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Tori Hale, senior forward, set the tone early in the Bobcats’ 2-1 victory against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

Hale’s unassisted goal in the tenth minute gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead, and the team capped the weekend with a victory on Hale’s birthday.

“It was really good because last year I lost on my birthday,” Hale said. “It was definitely a good birthday.”

The Bobcats sealed the win with 16 shots, six on goal, in the team’s final home game of the season.

“It’s sad and bittersweet because our team has had a great season, but I had to keep it out of my head so I would not get too emotional,” Hale said.

Texas State pressured the Ragin’ Cajuns to play more defense than offense.

Bobcats to take on Ragin' Cajuns, Warhawks at home

The Texas State soccer team was exposed by the Ragin’ Cajuns and Warhawks last season.  

This year, the Bobcats will have home field advantage.

The team failed to stop Louisiana forward Yazmin Montoya in last year’s matchup, allowing four goals.

Montoya has additional help from forward Danielle DeRosa. Montoya and DeRosa have combined for 13 goals and seven assists for this season. The Ragin’ Cajuns have five players with four or more goals on the 2014 season.

“If you get caught sleeping, they will punish you because both groups have two front runners that want to run at you and go at you, much like the South Alabama game,” Coach Kat Conner said. “They just love to drive at you and create chaos.”

Get to Know: Caitlynn Rinehart

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DT: What do you enjoy most playing the goalkeeper position?

CR: I really like having responsibility and being able to make big saves for my teammates.

DT: What is your most memorable soccer moment?

CR: When I started my first game during my freshman year against Texas, I saved a penalty kick during the game.

DT: What is your favorite movie?

CR:  I like funny movies and scary movies. My favorite movie right now has to be “Bridesmaids” because it is really funny and Melissa McCarthy is one of my favorite actors.

DT: What is your favorite food?

Beyond the Game: Maddie Nichols

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The Texas State soccer team cleared the bench and huddled together in celebration of its overtime win in the Sun Belt Championship quarterfinal against the Troy Trojans.

In the center of her teammates’ scrum stood Maddie Nichols, sophomore midfielder.

Tori Hale, senior forward, played the corner kick to Nichols as she floated the ball into the upper left corner of the Trojans’ goal.

Troy was devastated. Some Trojans walked away with their hands on their hips, while others crumpled to the ground.

“It was an even game, but as we went to overtime everyone was exhausted,” Nichols said. “It was the best feeling ever. The whole team rushed out to me, and we all jumped around.”

Bobcats split weekend games against South Alabama, Troy

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The Texas State soccer team improved to 9-4-1 overall after splitting its matchups with South Alabama and Troy.  

Texas State received its first loss in Sun Belt play against defending conference champion South Alabama.

The Bobcats and Jaguars started the game pressuring each other. The high pressure and physical play in the first half set the tone for the remainder of the game.

“Both teams were trying to high pressure each other so it was really hard to get good ball control,” Coach Kat Conner said. “They tried to take us out of our style by pressing as we did to them in the first half.”

Bobcats prepare for back-to- back conference matchups

The Texas State soccer team will put its 3-0 Sun Belt Conference record on the line this weekend against South Alabama and Troy.

South Alabama is ranked first in the nation in goals. The Jaguars are averaging 3.85 goals per game.

The Jaguars, scoring 11 goals in their last two games, remain unbeaten in conference play, with wins over Troy and Louisiana-Monroe and a draw against Louisiana-Lafayette. 

South Alabama is a high-pace team, much like Texas State’s opponent from last week, Appalachian State.

The Jaguars, led by forward Charde Hannah, produce a lot of pressure for their opponents. Hannah is fourth in the country with 13 total goals this season.

Beyond the Game: Rachel Grout

A young girl, out of breath, peered at the sideline to find her coach. She needed reassurance that she was in the correct position.

The coach smiled and nodded as the whistle sounded to continue play.

This was the relationship Rachel Grout, freshman midfielder, and her father, Tim, had while she was growing up. Tim coached both of his daughters in basketball, softball, soccer and track.  

“Rachel, as well as her older sister, really loved sports,” Tim said. “She liked the competition. She liked the comraderie.”

Rachel stood out amongst her peers at five years old playing in Plano, Texas, the hotbed for soccer recruitment.

Texas State defeats Appalachian State at home

The Bobcats were entering their third overtime game of the season. Appalachian State controlled the tempo in the second half, putting the Bobcat defense on its heels.

Jourdan Brown, senior midfielder, sealed the 2-1 victory in the 93rd minute. Brown retrieved the rebound of her own blocked shot from the right side of the penalty box to score the winning goal.

 “I was just really excited because I was so close to the goal,” Brown said. “I don’t have a ton of opportunities around the goal, so I just really wanted to make it count. When I just saw all my teammates, it was cool. I got goose bumps.”

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