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.
It was in the 74th and 75th minute when Lauren Prater, junior forward, added two goals to put the Bobcats up 3-0. The two goals added to Prater’s season total of three goals, which leads the Bobcats offense.
“She (Prater) had a brilliant game tonight.” Scoggins said. “She really is starting to show her pace. In that first breakaway her pace was full speed when creating separation. Not only the pace to separate from the defender but the composer to finish. So hopefully she can continue to play at that level and do good things for us.”
The defense didn’t go unnoticed as the the Caitlynn Rinehart, senior goalkeeper, and the backline held the Islander offense to only two shots.
Scoggins said Rinehart and the backline played well considering they were playing an offense that focuses on playing in a long ball behind the defenders.
“Especially with the wind here in Corpus Christi, it’s a little tricky to play the balls coming in,” Scoggins said. “And Caitlynn was back there to clean up anything that was too long for them to recover from. So, it was job well done on staying organized and recognizing anything that came at them.”
Texas State led the game in majority of the categories Friday night including shots, shots on goal and corner kick.
After two loses, Scroggin said this was a big win for the team moving forward.
“It was good win for us because trust me, we were getting tired of these losses,” Scoggins said. “We showed great determination as a whole tonight and came out with a win.”
Texas State will have two days rest before returning to San Marcos to play Prairie View A&M for the ninth time in school history. The matchup is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bobcat Soccer Complex.
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