Soccer

Bobcats to face Islanders Friday in first home game of season

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The Texas State soccer team is coming off of a 2-1 victory over New Mexico State University as the Bobcats turn their attention to their home opener against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders.

The Bobcats will host the Islanders Friday, who are coming off a 3-0 victory over Texas Southern. They will play Northwestern State’s team, which is following a 3-0 loss to Louisiana-Monroe, on Sunday.

Ali Myers, senior midfielder, stressed the importance of defensive cohesiveness. As long as the defensive backline is balanced and pressures the opponent, players can prevent counter-attacks and other scoring opportunities.

Beyond the Game: Ali Myers

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Ali Myers, senior midfielder, patrols the middle of the soccer field, maintaining her defensive line and creating chances for her teammates.

It’s a seamless transition—offense to defense, defense to offense—that she must make every game.

Myers’ ability to scan the field comes from, in large part, her photography background. Myers, a communication studies major with a minor in business, plans on traveling for six months to build her portfolio.

Soccer opens season with tie against UTEP

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The Texas State soccer team opened the season on the road Friday against Texas-El Paso with a double overtime draw 0-0.

Caitlynn Rinehart, junior goalkeeper, had two saves, including one in the 106th minute of game. UTEP tallied eight shots, while the Bobcats had five shots. Each team had two shots on goal.

Tori Hale, senior forward, led the Bobcats with two shots, one on goal, while Maddie Nichols, sophomore midfielder, had a shot on goal. Ali Jones, sophomore midfielder, and Chandler Cooney, freshman defender, each contributed shots as well.

Texas State Soccer Season Preview

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The Texas State soccer team is gearing up for its 2014 run in the Sun Belt Conference as it looks to take the next step toward another NCAA Tournament appearance.

Texas State, the conference’s fourth seed, defeated Troy in overtime in the first tournament game last season. The top-seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers eliminated the Bobcats in the second round. The team finished the season with an 8-9-2 overall record and a 4-3-1 conference record.

2013 Report Card: Soccer

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The Texas State soccer team closed out its season losing to number one seed Western Kentucky in the semifinals of the Sun Belt tournament Nov. 10, but showed solid progress throughout the season overall.

The team finished the season 9–9–2 and developed well at the end of the schedule riding a season-long three-game winning streak into the conference tournament. Freshmen forwards Lauren Prater and Maddie Nichols both made an immediate impact during the season. Nichols scored the game-winning goal against Troy in overtime, and Prater started both tournament games flashing some of her speed against Western Kentucky, nearly scoring a goal.

Soccer loses championship tournament to No. 1 seed

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The Bobcats’ soccer season ended Friday with a 1–0 loss to the number one seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, the Western Kentucky Lady Toppers.

Both teams were held scoreless until the 89th minute when freshman forward Iris Dunn scored the game-winner for Western Kentucky.

“We were trying not to make a mistake,” said Coach Kat Conner. “I told them at half time, ‘You have to get out of that mentality, because when you try not to make a mistake, you make a costly mistake.’”   

Going into Friday, the Lady Toppers were the best defensive team in the conference, allowing 71 goals per game and led the Sun Belt in shutouts with 10.

Women's soccer falls to number one seed Western Kentucky

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Though Texas State was looking to advance to the Sun Belt Tournament Championship game Friday, the women’s soccer team fell short to number one seed Western Kentucky 1-0.

Both teams were held without a corner kick until the final three minutes of the game. The eventual game-winning goal came from a cleared corner by Texas State and brought back in by one of the Lady Toppers.  

“On a corner everyone pretty much knows where they need to be,” said senior goalkeeper Natalie Gardini. “We put people on the post and it’s my job to do the double check. The hardest thing was it had been down there in their half for so long. You just have to be sure to mentally flip the switch and know you have to do your job now.”

Soccer advances in tournament after victory over Troy

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Freshman midfielder Maddie Nichols scored a game-winning goal in the 94th minute to give the soccer team its first Sun Belt conference tournament victory Wednesday against Troy 2-1.

The Bobcats captured their first overtime win this season against Troy. The team was previously 0-3-1 in regular season overtime games before Wednesday’s matchup.

“You’re hoping it didn’t hurt you going into extra minutes,” said Coach Kat Conner. “Luckily we finished it off quickly, so that was better for us.”

The overtime period lasted three minutes after Nichols scored off a deflected corner.

“I was just standing at the right place at the right time,” Nichols said. “It could have been anyone. I was just lucky enough to get a foot on it.”

Beyond the game: Caitlyn Rinehart

Several years ago at a Dallas Texans Women’s Soccer Club game, Coach Kat Conner saw potential in now sophomore goalkeeper Caitlyn Rinehart as she stepped up to fill in for her injured teammate.

The Dallas Texans Women’s Soccer Club was beating its opponent 2-0 when the team’s goalkeeper exited the game after suffering a season-ending thumb injury. Rinehart, the team’s starting outside midfielder, filled in for the goalkeeper. Her only prior goalkeeper experience dated back to her five-year stint with the Olympic Developmental Program.

“I saw a true natural gift, athleticism and the ability to read the game,” Conner said. “When I saw that I thought, ‘there’s a goalkeeper we can work on and train even more.’”

Season closes with two wins against Arkansas teams at home

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The Texas State soccer team snapped its three-game losing streak Friday with a 4–0 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock and defeated Arkansas State Sunday on Senior Day 3-0.

Texas State averaged 18.5 shots per game in eight conference games entering the matchup against the Trojans, the highest mark in the Sun Belt. The team averaged 12.3 shots in non-conference play during that same time span. The Bobcats finished with 22 shots against the Trojans, their third-highest shot total this season.

“It is a huge win, just to gain our confidence back,” said Coach Kat Conner. “We worked really hard during this week to get back into rhythm. It paid off. We just returned to playing Bobcat soccer.”

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