Texas State soccer will take on Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe on the road this weekend.
The Bobcats will begin the trip with a game against the Ragin’ Cajuns, the second-ranked club in the Sun Belt Conference. Lafayette’s only conference loss came against the Western Kentucky Lady Hilltoppers, a team Texas State took to double overtime.
The Bobcats defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 9-0 in 2000. This year, the Ragin’ Cajuns are currently on a three-game winning streak and have the leading goal scorer in the conference.
“There on a big roll, looking pretty good,” said Coach Kat Conner. “I looked at the film, and they’re looking very confident. Coming off a bye week, it’s a little nerve racking as a coach. Our players should be well rested and ready to go.”
The Bobcats are currently sitting in fourth place in the Sun Belt with a 2–1–1 record. The club is tied for third in conference with the Ragin’ Cajuns for goals allowed.
“We’ve done pretty well in conference,” said senior defender Ashley Jackson. “We are going to come out ready to go. We know these are important conference games. We’ve had a week off while everyone else was playing. We should be ready going into the first half.”
The team is looking to bounce back from a loss against Western Kentucky that went into the 107th minute.
“We are focusing on staying in the game,” Jackson said. “When we are up, coach has talked to us about finishing against these upcoming opponents.”
The Bobcats are looking to bring a mentality of finishing into the matchup against the Warhawks, a team that is 0-5 in conference. The Warhawks are on a five-game losing streak and have scored two goals in their past five games.
“It is kind of a weird thing. They are actually not as bad as their record looks,” Conner said. “They are actually a really good team. They have great attackers. I was watching their game against Lafayette, and it was hard to believe they were down. They had great attacks—the darn ball just wouldn’t go in.”
Texas State is 10-4 all time against Louisiana-Monroe. The last matchup against the two squads was Oct. 9, 2005 when the Warhawks were still a member of the Southland Conference. Both teams went into overtime before Texas State’s former player Natalie Jackson scored to give the Bobcats the win, 2-1.
“They are a very dangerous team,” Conner said. “As a coach you’re looking to take down Lafayette first and head to Monroe, a team that may not look as good on paper. As a coach, you don’t want your team to look at stats. You want them to look at the team—see they are biting and chomping to get their first conference win.”