Donavan Jackson

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.

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 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.

Notebook: McNeese State 1, Texas State 0

Notebook from the Texas State soccer team's 1-0 loss Friday night to McNeese State.

WHAT THE LOSS MEANS

Texas State lost its first home opener since 2010. In the previous four home openers, Texas State scored 16 goals and allowed zero goals. The Bobcats still have the sizable edge in the all-time record (17-9-1).

GOOD

Although the Bobcats didn’t get the result they were wanting, Coach Kat Conner got to see a number of players in different position. Conner made a number of substitutions throughout the matchup. When players such as Kristen Champion, senior defender, subbed in late into the game their was a noticeable tempo change for the last 25 minutes.

Soccer to host rival in home opener Friday night

Longtime rival McNeese State will be visiting San Marcos Friday evening for the 12th time in school history.

Although the Texas State soccer team owns the series advantage against McNeese (17-8-1 overall), Coach Kat Conner knows this matchup won’t be an easy task for her team.

“I am excited for the season opener and it’s going to be a great game,” Conner said. “Despite what people may think of McNeese State, they are a very well-coached team and they have always given us great competition. I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere and hope to see everyone out here to support us.”

McNeese State began this season with a similar challenge facing Texas State: inexperience.

Allen keeps perspective after position change

It’s no secret how young the Texas State soccer team is this season. There’s 14 underclassmen compared to nine upperclassmen.

A few of the veteran players have felt the effect of a young team early.

After two seasons as a defender, Taylor Allen, junior midfielder, has had to make significant changes to her game.

“When Taylor first came to us she actually played the outside defender position,” said Coach Kat Conner. “But due to the youth situation we’re in right now we’ve decided to put her in a wing-back position to where she can get into the attack.”

Conner understood what she was asking of Allen, a player who has always worked on the defensive side of the ball. But at the same time, she had no doubt Allen was up for the challenge.

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