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Soccer season review: Bobcats show improvement despite semifinal exit in conference tournament

Troy’s lone game goal ended Texas State’s 2014 season less than three minutes into the Sun Belt Tournament semifinals matchup.

The Bobcats showed improvement from the 2013 season.

The team ended the year with an 11-7-2 overall record and 5-3-1 in conference play.

The Bobcats had the best start in program history but lost to TCU in their seventh game.

The Bobcats began conference play with a three-game winning streak after suffering a few defeats from in-state rivals UTSA and Texas.

The program will lose an offensive threat this year with Tori Hale, senior forward, graduating. Hale’s speed was a big threat to opponents as she was usually the first one down the field. Hale helped lead the team with five goals this season.

Soccer ousted from postseason tournament

Less then three minutes into the match, Troy Trojans freshman midfielder Mallary Hedden's header landed in the back of the top right net.

Hedden’s first goal of the season came at the perfect time for Troy. 

“It was a really good ball," said Caitlynn Rinehart, junior goalkeeper. "We had two girls on her. She really put away a good header, top right corner.”

With less than 15 minutes remaining, Kassi Hormuth, freshman forward, dodged Trojan defenders with a cut back move. Hormuth brought Trojans freshman goalkeeper Mikki Lewis out of the penalty box. Lewis forced Hormuth to dribble the ball wide right, but her shot went over the side bar.

Bobcats defeat Georgia State, advance to semifinals

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Lynsey Curry, junior forward, corralled the high-arching pass from Tori Hale, senior forward, in the penalty box. She outleaped two defenders for the game-winning goal.

The Texas State soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament with the 1-0 victory against the Georgia State Panthers.

 “We went back to our old ways of possessing the ball, getting behind and working together,” Coach Kat Conner said. “We need to stay our course, keep possession, continue building and we will do great.”

Notebook: Texas State 1, Georgia State 0

WHAT THE WIN MEANS

Texas State eliminated sixth-seeded Georgia State from the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The Bobcats came out focused and with confidence despite losing to Georgia State in the last game of the season. The team worked together on both sides of the field and had great rhythm throughout the match. The Bobcats improved the overall record to 11-6-2.

GOOD

Bobcats advance to tournament semifinals

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The Texas State soccer team opened the Sun Belt Conference tournament with a 1-0 win against sixth-seeded Georgia State.

The Bobcats advance to the semifinals for the second consecutive season, setting up a matchup with the winner of Troy and Louisiana-Lafayette, Nov. 7.

Lynsey Curry, junior forward, scored the Bobcats' only goal in the 27th minute of the first half half. Tori Hale, senior forward, assisted Curry’s header, bringing her all-time assist record to 19. 
 
Texas State attempted 15 shots, while Georgia State attempted six shots. 
 
Lauren Prater, sophomore forward, attempted two shots on goal and Caitlyn Rinehart, junior goalkeeper, had two saves in 90 minutes.
 

Sun Belt Conference tournament preview

The Texas State soccer team is seeded third in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, a year removed from a 1-0 loss to Western Kentucky in the semifinals.

Here is a team-by-team breakdown of the eight teams in the tournament, which begins Nov. 5.

1. South Alabama Jaguars
Current record: 16-2-1 overall, 8-0-1 conference
Last year’s tournament finish: 2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Champions
This season against TXST: 1-0
Goal differential per game: +2.4 

ANALYSIS

Curry, Havenhill earn All Sun Belt Conference honors

Lynsey Curry, junior forward, and Elizabeth Havenhill, freshman defender, were named to the All-Sun Belt Conference team.

Curry, named to the first team, led the conference in shots (88) and shots per game (4.89), as she scored five of her team-high six goals in conference play. 

Havenhill, named to the second team, played 1,453 of a possible 1,652 minutes for a Bobcat defense that finished third in goals allowed per game in the conference. With Havenhill in the lineup, Texas State allowed 14 goals and 26 shots on goal against conference opponents.

Texas State plays sixth-seeded Georgia State in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament, Nov. 5.

 

Bobcats reflect on season heading into tournament play

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The Texas State soccer team’s 10-6-2 overall record is only one indication of the Bobcats’ improvement from last season.

The Bobcats began the season with a draw against UTEP. Then they kicked into gear, spurring a four-game winning streak.

Within the first five games, the Bobcats were already off to a better start than the 2013 season, which they opened with a 3-2 record.

“The biggest thing we needed to work on was the mental side,” Coach Kat Conner said. “I think our players have done a phenomenal job, and the record speaks for it.”

The overall record also reflects the toughest losses of the season. The Bobcats’ four-game winning streak ended with back-to-back losses against TCU and UTSA.

Texas State heading into Sun Belt tournament despite loss

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The Texas State soccer team had already secured its spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament heading into the final game of the regular season against Georgia State.

With the postseason clinched, the Bobcats ended the regular season with a 1-0 loss against Georgia State.

“I felt we played a little sporadic,” Coach Kat Conner said. “We need to play more together and in unison. There was great individual effort, but we need all 11 players in complete rhythm and unison.”

A majority of the first half was a midfield battle as each team was pressured to gain possession of the ball.

Bobcats hope to finish season on high note

The soccer season is winding down, and the Bobcats are in a position to gain some momentum before the postseason tournament.

Texas State finishes this season on the road against Georgia Southern and Georgia State.

“Its definitely weird,” senior forward Tori Hale said. “It’s all kind of hitting me after senior day. I’m excited because it’s ending on such a good note so far, so I hope we can keep that going, and I just really want us to end on a high note.”

The Georgia Southern Eagles have not lost a home game this season. The Eagles, sitting at a 9-5-1 record overall, are 2-0 at home in Sun Belt Conference play.

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