The Texas State women’s soccer team is looking for its second consecutive conference title and the goal is only one game away.
The Bobcats clinched a tie for the regular season title Sunday with a 4-0 win against Sam Houston State. They earned a 1-0 overtime victory Friday against Stephen F. Austin.
The Bobcats’ only conference blemish on their record was a tie at 0 against Southeastern Louisiana, who they might see again in the playoffs.
“We definitely have to beat (Texas-San Antonio) first,” said Britney Curry, junior forward.
Texas State has never defeated UTSA. However, the Bobcats currently have a better record than the Roadrunners.
Curry leads the Bobcats in goals scored. She scored her 16th goal of the season Sunday in the 58th minute of regulation. Curry said winning begins with the team.
“It definitely starts with our defense every time,” Curry said.
Four Bobcats scored during Sunday’s game. Andrea Grifo, senior midfielder, got her first goal of the season in the 11th minute. Curry, Taylor
Person, freshman defender, and Serena Hines, freshman forward, each got their third goal of the year. Texas State controlled the tempo in the game, outshooting the Bearkats 19-4, and leaving Mandi Mawyer, senior goalkeeper, making two saves all day.
“We were looking at a team hungry for a win (Sunday) and I think they pulled it off,” said Coach Kat Conner.”
Mawyer recorded nine saves Friday, shutting out her sixth conference opponent. Hines kicked her first game-winning goal to lift the Bobcats and keep the undefeated streak alive.
“I knew it would be a hard battle,” Conner said. “Second half I think we just began to work the field and wear them down.”
Texas State outscored its opponents 16-2 in conference play. The Bobcats have the best attendance in the Southland Conference to date and have the conference’s leading goal scorer in Curry.
Conner believes the best is yet to come.
“I don’t think we have seen our best yet,” Conner said. “We are still trying to find our true balance, but I believe we are getting to the balance we want.”