The Texas State soccer team snapped its three-game losing streak Friday with a 4-0 victory over the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans.
“It is a huge win, just to gain our confidence back,” said Coach Kat Conner. “We worked really hard during this week to get back into rhythm. It paid off. We just returned to playing Bobcat soccer.”
Texas State is averaging 18.5 shots per game in eight conference games this season, the highest mark in the Sun Belt. They were averaging 12.3 shots in non-conference play.
The Bobcats finished with 22 shots against the Trojans, their third-highest shot total this season.
“We’ve just tried to simplify the game, so they can understand when they are shooting with confidence,” Conner said. “Sometimes we were just shooting out of frustration, and sometimes we shot because we were confident. We’ve tried to do it all season, but it’s starting to click.”
Senior midfielder Sydney Curry notched her fourth goal of the season with 29:58 remaining in the first half when the Trojans failed to clear her corner kick. Senior midfielder Kelsie Townsend secured a deflection before tacking on the Bobcats’ second goal of the half.
On senior forward Gabbi Cottee’s fourth consecutive game on the bench, she finished with six shots, one goal and one assist in 46 minutes. Cottee said she tried to exploit the Trojans’ defense, which was not collapsing on outside runs to the goal.
“Offense has been weird this year,” Cottee said. “Our offense has been a little individual and forced. We really focused on the two forwards connecting and running wide. Our offensive unit was 10 times better tonight.”
Texas State’s final conference matchup is Sunday against the Arkansas State Red Wolves. The Red Wolves are the Sun Belt’s second most potent offense, averaging 2.12 goals per game.
“Our offense is definitely going to be important, but we also have to stop them,” Conner said. “We have to be discipline in our defensive scheme, and limit their forwards’ opportunities at goal.”