Texas State prepares to face Lamar Cardinals

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Sports Reporter

The Texas State soccer team’s three-game winning streak will be on the line when it travels Sept. 5 to play against the Lamar Cardinals.

The Bobcats have met with the Cardinals five times prior to Friday’s match, leading the series with a 3-0-1 record. Texas State won 2-0 in their previous meeting in 2011.

The Bobcats are coming off of back-to-back home victories this past weekend against Texas A&M at Corpus Christi and Northwestern State, while the Cardinals are coming off a home loss against North Texas.

This past weekend the Bobcats combined for 44 total shots, with 17 of them on goal.

“We’re creating a lot of great opportunities,” Coach Kat Conner said. “We need to be able to make sure that we do finish those so we don’t let teams hang around. We have to keep working on finishing. It’s still not good enough.”

Tori Hale, senior forward, will try to extend her goal streak to four consecutive games. Hale leads the team in shots (15), shots on goal (7) and goals (3).

Lynsey Curry, junior forward, had one goal and two assists in the Bobcats’ 3-0 victory against Northwestern State.

Caitlynn Rinehart, junior goalkeeper, has allowed one goal while recording eight saves in four starts. Conner credits the defensive backline, along with Rinehart, for the Bobcats’ stingy defense, which has allowed three shutouts in four games.

“Caitlynn (Rinehart) takes great pride in keeping shutouts,” Conner said. “It’s just phenomenal. They take great pride in what they do, and they’re going to be tenacious back there, but the way we keep that shutout going is the people ahead of them work their tails off both offensively and defensively. It’s a team unit, and I’m really proud of the team.”

Kassi Hormuth, freshman forward, has attempted 80 percent of her shots on goal this season, the second-highest percentage on the team. Four of her five shots on the season have been on goal. She has scored two goals.

Another young player who got into the scoring mix against Northwestern State was Rachel Grout, freshman midfielder. Grout scored her first collegiate goal in the 68th minute to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead.

“Rachel’s a phenomenal player,” Conner said. “She’s such a technical player. I’m glad she got in there and got her first goal. Once she starts scoring, I know the confidence will grow, and that’s what we need out of these younger players, is to see the pace of the game at the D-I level, but then also to see some success out of it, and that will definitely help them to keep playing at a high level.”

The game against the Cardinals is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. The Bobcats’ Sept. 7 matchup against Texas Southern was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.