Notebook from the Texas State soccer team’s 2-1 loss to UTEP Sunday afternoon.
WHAT THE LOSS MEANS
Texas State lost for the second time this weekend, falling to 1-2 overall. UTEP recorded its 10th overall win against the Bobcats. The series is now (10-2-1) in favor of the Miners.
The turning point was UTEP’s goal in the 37th minute off a cross from the right-hand side tying the game at 1-1. Aleah Davis, Miners junior midfielder, sprinted down the right-hand side and put a cross into the area that eventually found its way in the back of the net.
The strength and physicality from UTEP ultimately decided the game. The go-ahead goal was a scramble in the box. The Miners were more physical and able to crowd the area and win a 50-50 ball for the game-winner in the 78th minute.
Brooke Ramsey, sophomore midfielder, was able to show off her pace down the right hand side and used it well against an athletic UTEP team. Ramsey frequently won possession back for the Bobcats and quickly worked the ball down the edges.
There was good pressure early in the game. A couple of crosses challenged the UTEP backline. One of those crosses led to Lynsey Curry, senior forward, getting free in the box. Curry scored her second goal this season and gave the Bobcats an early advantage. Texas State did an admirable job holding possession down the wings.
The Bobcats strung together better possession in the second half by generating corner kicks. Curry took advantage of the possession in the second half and was able to hold up play and let the midfielders push forward. The defense showed patience and defended with composure.
Texas State lost momentum after Davis’ goal. The Bobcats got caught in possession and struggled to control the ball in the latter part of the first half. Following the Curry substitution, the Bobcats had difficulties getting the ball out of their zone, which led to UTEP scoring opportunities.
The defense on corner kicks. The apparent height advantage for UTEP led to opportunities off corners and throw-ins. Texas State was not as physical in the box and it ended up costing them the late goal.
The Bobcats will play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at an away game Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Dugan Stadium.
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