Bobcats open regular season play with win against New Mexico State

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The Texas State soccer team opened its regular season with a 0-0 tie against the University of Texas at El Paso Friday and a 2-1 victory against New Mexico State Sunday.

The Bobcats allowed 19 shots in two games with eight shots on goal.

“I thought all together our defense played phenomenal,” Coach Kat Conner said. “They had a packed house, they had a cheering section with drums beating, so it was a great atmosphere to play. For us to come in and stay mentally into executing our strategy as we had planned for tonight, I felt really good. I think defensively, we did it exactly how we drew it up.”

Tori Hale, senior forward, scored first for the Bobcats in the third minute against New Mexico State. Hale’s goal went unanswered through the rest of the first half.

New Mexico State senior forward Jennae Cambra tied the game in the first minute of the second half. Holly Abdelkader, freshman forward, assisted on Cambra’s goal.

In the 59th minute, Kassi Hormuth, freshman forward, scored the go-ahead goal for the Bobcats, which proved to be the game winner as Texas State defeated the Aggies 2-1. Texas State is 2-0 all-time against New Mexico State.

Caitlynn Rinehart, junior goalkeeper, had five saves in the contest. Lynsey Curry, junior forward, had two shots on goal, while Hale attempted three shots with two on goal.

Chandler Cooney, freshman defender, and Lauren Prater, sophomore forward, each contributed a shot on goal.

The Bobcats did not score in a 0-0 double overtime draw in Friday’s season opener against the UTEP Miners.

Rinehart had two saves, including one in the 106th minute of the second overtime period. The Miners tallied eight shots, while the Bobcats had five shots. Each team recorded two shots on goal.

Hale led the Bobcats with two shots, one on goal, while Maddie Nichols, sophomore midfielder, had one shot on goal.

Ali Jones, sophomore midfielder, and Cooney each contributed shots as well.

Texas State converted two of its 17 opportunities in the first two games. The Bobcats are averaging 8.5 shots per game, down from 15.9 per game last season.

“Offensively, we actually did some things we had drawn up, but we just still didn’t get those finishes in on goal,” Conner said. “We had some great chances and some great looks. We just have to get better at finishing, but I am really proud of our attack because we’re finding ways to get in behind and breakdown people’s back line.”

The Bobcats, 1-0-1 overall, will play the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders in Friday’s home opener.