The Texas State soccer team snapped its three-game losing streak Friday with a 4–0 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock and defeated Arkansas State Sunday on Senior Day 3-0.
Texas State averaged 18.5 shots per game in eight conference games entering the matchup against the Trojans, the highest mark in the Sun Belt. The team averaged 12.3 shots in non-conference play during that same time span. The Bobcats finished with 22 shots against the Trojans, their third-highest shot total this season.
“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.”
Senior midfielder Sydney Curry notched her fourth goal of the season 20:02 into 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.
“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 forward Gabbi Cottee finished with six shots, one goal and one assist in 46 minutes coming off of the bench. 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 was Sunday against Arkansas State. The Red Wolves were the Sun Belt’s second highest goal-scoring offense entering the game, averaging 2.12 goals. Texas State outshot the Red Wolves, 15–10. Nine of the Bobcats’ shots came in the second half along with their two goals.
“We always talk about a mental battle,” Conner said. “When it’s this close, players start thinking about postseason. You start to see the players become more mentally in tune with themselves and become dedicated to the game.”
Cottee scored two goals in two games this weekend, matching her season total. Cottee was happy to get a goal on Senior Day.
“I had been on a dry spell for goals—to get two in my last home games was unbelievable, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to do it,” Cottee said.
Sophomore forward Lynsey Curry scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 69th minute.
Curry received a pass from junior forward Tori Hale just out the 18-yard box, which she immediately shot into the back of the net.
With both victories, Texas State clinched the fourth seed in the conference tournament, which it will host at the Bobcat Soccer Complex beginning Nov. 6.