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Team preparing for final nonconference games of season

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The Texas State soccer team enters its final two nonconference games of the season against Prairie View A&M and Texas following a two-game losing streak.

Coach Kat Conner views the teams matchup with Prairie View A&M as a chance to rebound before conference play.

The Bobcats are undefeated in their series against the Panthers. Prairie View A&M has not scored a goal against the Bobcats in their seven all-time meetings. Last season, Texas State won 5-0 at home.

“We are mainly looking at this game as an opportunity of getting back on track and winning,” Conner said. “We want to better our offense and be more composed in front of the net so that we can finish our chances.”

Bobcats to face Illinois in first away game

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The Texas State football team moves from one tough matchup to the next as the Bobcats head north this Saturday to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini, the 11th-best passing offense in the nation.

“We get our first road test this week,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “They are solid on defense. This is a bigger and fast team for us.”

Illinois gained 279 passing yards in last week’s 44-19 loss to the Washington Huskies.

Wes Lunt, Illinois sophomore quarterback, is off to the best start through three games in Illinois history with 971 passing yards and nine touchdowns.

“They are throwing the ball well right now,” Franchione said. “I believe they are one of the top passing offenses in the country.”

Lunch with Coach Fran

Heading into a matchup with the Illinois Fighting Illini, the Texas State football team took an unfortunate hit.

Michael Orakpo, senior linebacker, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and MCL suffered in the first quarter of the Bobcats’ 35-21 loss to the Navy Midshipmen.

The injury pushes Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon, junior linebacker, Trey McGowen, junior linebacker,, and Stephen Smith, sophomore linebacker, into immediate starting roles for the rest of the season. If they can’t replicate Orakpo’s production—he led the team in tackles for loss and sacks loss last year—it will have a trickle-down effect on defensive coordinator John Thompson’s defense. Thompson’s strategy excels when the defense and linebackers pressure the quarterback.

Bobcats win first season conference game

The Texas State volleyball team won the opening game of Sun Belt Conference play Sept. 16 against the UT-Arlington Mavericks in five sets.

The match was the first meeting between the two schools since Texas State defeated UT- Arlington in last year’s conference championship. The Bobcats had 67 kills, 66 assists and 92 digs in the match.

Texas State rallied to win the second set 25-22, overcoming a 7-2 deficit. The Bobcats tallied 12 kills, 12 assists and 22 digs in the second set. Jordan Kohl, freshman right-side hitter, and Jordan Moore, sophomore setter, substituted later in the set, changing the momentum in favor of the Bobcats.

Team prepares to face Illinois after injury of senior linebacker

Following a 14-point loss to the Navy Midshipmen at home, the Texas State football team is viewing its matchup with the Illinois Fighting Illini as a new opportunity to turn the season around.

Coach Dennis Franchione utilized Sunday’s practice to switch gears in preparation for the Illini, who prefer to attack with their quarterback instead of their running back.

The defense faces a different test this week. Illinois sophomore quarterback Wes Lunt is 11th in Division I with 971 passing yards and sixth in passing touchdowns. The transfer from Oklahoma State has the most passing yards and touchdowns in his first three career starts in Illinois history.

Orakpo to miss season with torn ACL, MCL

The Texas State football team will be without Michael Orakpo, senior linebacker, for the rest of the season. Orakpo will have surgery Sept. 17 to repair his torn ACL and MCL.

Orakpo exited the game with 2:54 remaining in the first quarter in the Bobcats' 35-21 loss to the Navy Midshipmen. He left the field with assistance, before returning to the sidelines with crutches.

Orakpo, named to the Butkus preseason watch list, led the team in tackles for loss and sacks last year. Trey McGowen, junior linebacker, finished with nine total tackles in his first career start against Navy. McGowen, David Mayo, senior linebacker, and Jerid Jeter-Gilmon, junior linebacker, will replace Orakpo in the linebacker rotation.

 

Texas State winless in Texas Tech Invitational over weekend

The Texas State volleyball team left the Texas Tech Invitational winless with losses against Incarnate Word, Texas Tech and Gardner-Webb. The Bobcats’ season record now stands at 5-7.

Shelby Vas Matt, sophomore outside hitter, contributed 22 kills and 24 points, and Lauren Kirch, freshman middle blocker, contributed 6 kills and 10.5 points.

Coach Karen Chisum said the team’s weekend was what the team needed headed into Sun Belt conference play.

“Maybe we needed a weekend like that,” Chisum said. “We were close in every game, but we just couldn’t finish the sets. It was a good learning experience. We made a lot of errors, and we have to correct those.”

Team loses home games against UTSA, TCU

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The score was tied 1-1 with less than two minutes remaining in the second half. UTSA controlled possession of the ball for most of the first half, but the Bobcats were attacking and pressuring the ball in the second half.

In the 88th minute, UTSA scored a goal and celebrated what seemed to be the game-winning shot. The players collapsed on the field in a pile as the Bobcats looked on.

Twenty seconds later, the Bobcats responded when Ali Jones, sophomore midfielder, scored a goal assisted by Tori Hale, senior forward, to send the game into overtime. Hale is now one assist away from tying the school record.

UTSA sealed the game with a goal in the second minute of overtime after 90 minutes of back-and-forth play.

Bobcats lose to UTSA in overtime

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The Texas State soccer team lost their second game of the season against the UTSA Roadrunners, 3-2, in overtime.

The Bobcats scored in the first half after Madi O'Neal's, sophomore midfielder, shot was deflected off a UTSA defender into the net.

The Roadrunners scored two goals in the second half, including a goal with two minutes left in regulation.

Ali Jones, sophomore midfielder, responded with the game tying goal with one minute remaining. The goal was assisted by Tori Hale, senior forward.

UTSA scored in the first two minutes of overtime to win the game.

The Bobcats are now 4-2-1 overall this season, with two consecutive losses at home.

Cross country competes at Rice Invitational

The Texas State men and women’s cross country team traveled to Houston Sept. 12 to compete in the 39th annual Rice Invitational Meet.

The men competed against four of the top 10 teams in the South Central Region and six of the top 15 teams in the region. Among these teams were Lamar, LSU, McNeese State, Nicholls, Northwestern State, Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M International Texas Southern and UT-Brownsville.

The men’s team ran 5,620 meters, finishing in fourth place, led by Jose Angel Gonzalez, freshman runner. Coach Bryan Jackson said he was pleased with the team’s performance.

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