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Soccer beats Panthers in first SBC home game

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Texas State played its first conference home game Friday against Georgia State, defeating the team 1-0.

This marks the second week in a row the Bobcats have scored a goal within the last five minutes. The team outshot the Panthers 16-9 and had more shots on goal with a 10-6 mark.

Senior midfielder Kelsie Townsend scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute with a header. Junior midfielder Tori Hale, who recorded her sixth assist on the year, sent in the corner kick to Townsend to score the goal.

“It feels really awesome to score the game winning goal,” Townsend said. “We stuck to the game plan and did what we wanted to do and that resulted in a goal.”

Soccer up against Western Kentucky, Georgia State

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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.

Soccer ties South Alabama in first Sunbelt game

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The Texas State soccer team tied South Alabama in its first Sun Belt Conference game of the season Friday 2-2.

The Bobcats allowed Jaguars senior midfielder Clarissa Hernandez to score within the first two minutes of the game. Less than 15 minutes later Hernandez scored again for her second goal of the match.

Texas State responded with several attacks starting with sophomore forward Lynsey Curry’s shot on goal. Junior forward Tori Hale also responded with a shot on goal but was saved by Jaguars senior goalkeeper Melissa Drish.

Curry scored her fifth goal of the season for the Bobcats in the 20th minute and received the assist from sophomore defender Kristen Champion.

Inside the Lines: Brenna Smith

Junior defender Brenna Smith has logged 667 minutes this year, the highest mark on the team.

Coach Kat Conner relies on Smith, the 5-foot-5-inch defender, to fortify the Bobcats’ backline.

“She can read the body language of the attacker and know when to go inside or outside,” Conner said. “She listens to the game report, and she always finds the break pressure point. It helps her predict what is about to happen, and that’s why I like playing her on the backline.”
Smith, limited with knee, ankle and quadriceps injuries, averaged a career low 77.4 minutes per game last season. Four of Texas State’s 12 losses occurred with Smith sidelined.

Bobcats break even at home against non-conference teams

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The Texas State soccer team snapped a three-game winless streak Friday by beating Sam Houston State, but came up short Sunday to Texas-El Paso.

“We started off a little shaky,” said Coach Kat Conner. “We came out trying to do some different things and didn’t stick to the game plan. I’m really proud of the Bobcats on how they responded in the second half. We kept our composure and even got a little mad.”

The Bobcats shot 59 percent on goal compared to the Bearkats who shot 37 percent on goal. The team shot the ball 10 times in the first half and 12 times in the second. The ball club had the advantage on corner kicks, 11-4.

Bobcats finish with loss, draw against McNeese, Rice

The Texas State soccer team finished with a loss and a draw in a pair of double overtime matches against McNeese State and Rice this past weekend.

The Bobcats have not won a contest in their last three attempts. It is their longest drought since their five-game losing streak last year, spanning 17 days in September 2012.

McNeese State junior midfielder Tori Lasiter nailed the game-winning goal with 5:44 remaining in the second overtime period Friday. Texas State yielded a season low four shots on goal, but the Cowgirls capitalized on defensive miscommunications.

Inside The Lines: Ali Myers

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After winning the Most Athletic Female award while attending Clements High School in Sugar Land, junior midfielder Ali Myers knew she was destined to play soccer at the collegiate level.

Myers won the award while taking her team to the third round of the 2011 playoffs and was named 23-5A All-District Offensive Most Valuable Player by the Houston Chronicle.

“Growing up I was always active, and I pretty much played every sport,” Myers said. “My sister played soccer, so playing sports rubbed off on me.”

Myers’ sister, who is three years older than her, also played soccer. Myers said she looked up to and learned from her sister as her soccer career molded into what it is today.

Inside The Lines: Gabbi Cottee

After a lengthy Tuesday evening practice, senior forward Gabbi Cottee dipped into an icy bathtub with several of her teammates. Cottee hung around a few minutes, engaging in light-hearted conversation. It is her responsibility as a senior to help create team unity.

Cottee said winning is important, and she works hard to maintain a healthy team dynamic. There are nine freshmen in the club, and Cottee utilizes her experience to guide them in the right direction.

“I consider myself a vocal leader,” Cottee said. “I talk really easily. I wouldn’t say I’m bossy. I like to talk and narrate everything, and it helps from a leadership aspect. When you’re the oldest, everyone looks to you because you’ve been there the longest.”

Bobcats look to avenge last season’s losses

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The Texas State soccer team will be looking to avenge last season’s losses to McNeese State and Rice as the Bobcats face both squads this weekend.

Texas State will travel to Lake Charles Sept. 6 to take on familiar Southland Conference foe  McNeese State. The Bobcats are 17-7-1 against them all-time.

In last year’s matchup, Texas State lost to the Cowgirls 1-0, despite outshooting McNeese State 13-5. The ball club did not allow a shot on goal in the second half of the contest. The Bobcats are looking to play with style by taking their time and letting the game come to them.

Get to Know: Kristen Champion

QR: What separates soccer from other sports?
KC: I like soccer because it’s an underdog sport. I’ve always loved soccer since I was little. I’ve just grown up playing it, my little brother played it and I never played any other sport. It’s so enjoyable to have everyone on the team just connect so well and get the ball into the back of the net. It’s a feeling you have to understand.
 
QR: Who is your favorite soccer player and why?
KC: David Beckham, just because he has grown from a young player and brought soccer to the United States, so he’s a big idol in my eyes.
 
QR: If you had to pick one professional soccer team to save the world in a match against aliens, which team would you pick?

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