Texas State played its first conference home game Friday against Georgia State, defeating the team 1-0.
This marks the second week in a row the Bobcats have scored a goal within the last five minutes. The team outshot the Panthers 16-9 and had more shots on goal with a 10-6 mark.
Senior midfielder Kelsie Townsend scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute with a header. Junior midfielder Tori Hale, who recorded her sixth assist on the year, sent in the corner kick to Townsend to score the goal.
“It feels really awesome to score the game winning goal,” Townsend said. “We stuck to the game plan and did what we wanted to do and that resulted in a goal.”
The Bobcats doubled Georgia State in corners with an 8-4 ratio. The team started quickly with sophomore forward Lynsey Curry shooting the ball within the first two minutes of the game.
“We were working the corners,” Coach Kat Conner said. “Tori Hale made a beautiful corner driving it which makes it easier when it’s driven like that. Kelsie just jumped up and out jumped her player and nailed it in the back of the goal.”
The goal marked Townsend’s first goal of the season and marked her second career game winning goal of her career.
The Bobcats are focused on their next opponent in Western Kentucky, the current number one team in the Sun Belt. The Hilltoppers bring an undefeated record in conference play and the least amount of goals allowed in the conference.
“We are going to use this game and take it in to a game we expect to shut them (Western Kentucky) down to,” Townsend said. “Being the number one team in the conference we are going to give it all we’ve got on Sunday.”