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Curry's goal in overtime clinches 3-2 victory for the Bobcats

The Texas State soccer team trailed late in regulation to the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Just before the final whistle, Lauren Prater, junior forward, received a pass from a teammate and lofted the ball over the goalkeeper to tie the game at 1-1 in the 83rd minute.

It wasn’t long before the Bobcats took advantage, as Lynsey Curry, senior forward, scored the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute.

The goal propelled the Bobcats to a 3-2 victory over the Red Wolves Sunday afternoon and moved their conference record to 2-0.

Although the Bobcats controlled possession throughout the game the team needed to come from behind twice to tie the game.

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the team was resilient but they failed to follow the scouting report.

Analyzing the win: Texas State 3, Arkansas State 2

What the win means: The Texas State soccer team has a seven game winning streak, the program's longest since 2011.

It also means the Bobcats have an early lead in the conference standings at 2-0. Conference games are the most important games on the schedule because it determines the post-season tournament seeding. The win gives the Bobcats a 3-0 all-time series lead over Arkansas State.

Turning point: Halftime. The Bobcats had plenty of opportunities in the first half but were down 1-0. Then Texa State came out in the second half and played aggressive and had better connections.

Bobcats escape double overtime game with 2-1 victory

The Texas State soccer team seemed poised to continue its winning streak after taking a 1-0 lead in the first half.

But an injury to Elizabeth Havenhill, sophomore defender, in the second half gave the Little Rock Trojans hope. The Trojans tied the game shortly after Havenhill exited.

The Bobcats weren’t as sharp defensively but eventually regained momentum and defeated the Little Rock Trojans 2-1 in overtime. The game-winning goal wasn't scored by Texas State, though.

Little Rock's misstep in the 103rd minute led to the game-winning goal.

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said he was pleased with the win but knows the team can improve decision-making.

Analyzing the win: Texas State 2, Little Rock 1

What the win means: With the 2-1 victory, the Texas State soccer now has a (3-0) series lead over Little Rock. More importantly, the win means the Bobcats are undefeated in the Sun Belt Conference and extends their wining streak to six games.

Turning point: The injury to Elizabeth Havenhill, sophomore defender. Following the injury, Little Rock gained some traction against the Bobcats defense. The injury resulted when Havenhill collided with a Trojans’ player inside the penalty box.

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.

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.

Prater's three goals help Bobcats defeat Cardinals 4-2

Lauren Prater, junior forward, scored the first goal of the game in the 17th minute. That wasn't the end of her night though. 

Prater finished with three goals in the Texas State soccer teams' 4-2 victory against Lamar Sunday afternoon. Her second and third goals occured in the 61st and 62nd minute. 

Prater, who leads the team with seven goals in eight games, completed the program's first hat trick since Sept. 12, 2012. 

Texas State succeeded in taking care of the task at hand — maintain momentum.

The 4-2 win over Lamar Sunday afternoon extended the team’s winning streak to five games and concluded the non-conference slate with a 6-2-0 record.

Analyzing the win: Texas State 4, Lamar 2

What the win means: The 3-1 victory against Lamar Sunday afternoon extends the Texas State soccer teams' winning streak to five games and improves the regular season record to 6-2-0.

Turning point: The turning point happened in the 61st minute when Lauren Prater, junior forward, broke the 1-1 tie. The Bobcats came out flat in the second half until Prater regained the momentum for the Texas State attack.

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.

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.

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