Sophomore midfielder Landry Lowe had a choice—basketball, dancing or soccer.
It was her freshman year of high school, and she did not have time to juggle multiple sports—she chose soccer.
“I felt I’d get the most out of playing soccer,” Lowe said. “I put a lot of time into soccer, and I stuck with it. I didn’t really see myself dancing anymore. Basketball was just a hobby. I just went with soccer because it was more comfortable.”
Lowe spent her entire childhood in Friendswood, a city 30 miles southeast of Houston. Her parents graduated from Friendswood High School. Her grandfather, Ralph Lowe, was the mayor of Friendswood for 16 years.
“My parents definitely allowed me to do what I wanted to do,” Lowe said. “Yes, it was a struggle. They kept saying, ‘This is for you—we support you.’ They were very supportive and sacrificial when it came to soccer.”
Coach Kat Conner reached out to Lowe during her senior year of high school. Conner envisioned a player who could replicate former midfielder Kelsey Bernard’s ability. Bernard finished her four-year tenure with Texas State in 2011.
“I thought Landry was more of a defensive player,” Conner said. “Then, I saw that she had more creativity in her, and she was better than I initially thought. She ended up being more of a raw talent.”
Texas State’s soccer program impressed Lowe, because it provided a balance between athletics and academics.
“We have smart soccer players here,” Lowe said. “It’s not only about on-field performance—they focus a lot on our academics. I thought it was definitely someplace I could get the best of both worlds.”
Lowe has started in 25 of the last 26 games dating back to Sept. 14, 2012. The Friendswood-native has played 1,744 minutes in this span after beginning her freshman year on the bench.
“She’s worked her tail off,” Conner said. “It keeps the team sparked and motivated to work at the same rate. That’s why I love her so much, and she’s also a great person. She’s honest, loyal and trustworthy, a great student. I’m really happy she chose Texas State.”
Lowe is required to initiate the scoring attack rather than finish the goal in her position as midfielder. As the oldest of four children, she is comfortable with that role.
“I’m always worried about making other people look good and making their day better,” Lowe said. “It’s an older sibling thing. It comes natural. I just want to give and give, and give more than I take.”
In Texas State’s first home game this season, a 5-0 victory over Prairie View A&M, Lowe tallied her first career assist. She assisted on sophomore forward Lynsey Curry’s second goal of the season.
Lowe is not the first Division I athlete in the family. Her cousin, Jaxon Appel, played free safety for Texas A&M. Appel was a first-team all-Big 12 selection in 2004. Another cousin of Lowe’s, Molli Abel, appeared in 79 volleyball matches for Lamar from 2004 through 2006. Lowe said her family members’ success helped pave the way for her soccer career.
“For me, it was a lot about my family, especially getting a scholarship in college,” Lowe said. “Soccer isn’t always fun—you have to work, sweat, cry and get angry sometimes. At the end of the day, it was all for my family. I felt like I was really accomplishing something, like I was giving something back to them. It’s a good feeling.”