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Soccer to host rival in home opener Friday night

Longtime rival McNeese State will be visiting San Marcos Friday evening for the 12th time in school history.

Although the Texas State soccer team owns the series advantage against McNeese (17-8-1 overall), Coach Kat Conner knows this matchup won’t be an easy task for her team.

“I am excited for the season opener and it’s going to be a great game,” Conner said. “Despite what people may think of McNeese State, they are a very well-coached team and they have always given us great competition. I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere and hope to see everyone out here to support us.”

McNeese State began this season with a similar challenge facing Texas State: inexperience.

Allen keeps perspective after position change

It’s no secret how young the Texas State soccer team is this season. There’s 14 underclassmen compared to nine upperclassmen.

A few of the veteran players have felt the effect of a young team early.

After two seasons as a defender, Taylor Allen, junior midfielder, has had to make significant changes to her game.

“When Taylor first came to us she actually played the outside defender position,” said Coach Kat Conner. “But due to the youth situation we’re in right now we’ve decided to put her in a wing-back position to where she can get into the attack.”

Conner understood what she was asking of Allen, a player who has always worked on the defensive side of the ball. But at the same time, she had no doubt Allen was up for the challenge.

Get to know: Lauren Prater, junior forward

DJ: Can you talk a little bit about how your junior season is going so far?

LP: The season is going pretty good so far. We’ve won our games and I have been able to get some goals, which is pretty exciting. The last few years I haven’t really started so strong. So I’d say my junior season is starting out pretty good, so hopefully I can keep it up.

 

DJ: I know youve grown up in this Texas heat, but do you prefer to play in the hot or do you like the late-season weather in November better?

Bobcats earn 2-0 victory in season opener against Houston

Three minutes into the 2015 season, Lynsey Curry, senior forward, was almost in mid-season form.

Curry, the Sun Belt Conference leader in shots last season, notched her first attempt of the season in the third minute. The shot bounced off the goalkeeper’s hands.

Eighty-five minutes later, Curry made sure to finish the deal. Curry’s goal in the 88th minute put the closing touches on the Texas State soccer team’s 2-0 victory against Houston at Fred Lewis Field.

Taylor Allen, junior defender, and Kassi Hormuth, sophomore forward, executed a quick two-pass sequence to set up Curry’s goal.

Soccer opens season against experienced team

After weeks of training, the Texas State soccer team will finally get the opportunity to display its hard work in the season opener against Houston.

The regular season matchup is scheduled for Aug. 21 in Houston at 7 p.m.

Coach Kat Conner believes playing someone else other then themselves should solve some of the problems that have started to cause frustration.

“For the five freshmen we have coming in, they just have to start understanding the game at a different pace,” Conner said. “They have to understand that they can’t maintain our rhythm with three-to-four touches anymore. The veteran players understand that and we will need them to step up and lead as well.”

Season preview: Soccer heading into new season with high expectations

With a young team, Coach Kat Conner has made one task clear early into the 2015 season—get everyone on the same page.

“The last couple days haven’t been so great,” Conner said. “Everybody is playing their own style and it’s a little frustrating. We’re trying to get them to understand that we all have to play one style. If we don’t get it figured out, it could kill us.”

Conner is starting her 17th season as head coach at Texas State with 14 underclassmen compared to the nine veteran players. With growing pains to be expected, she believes finally being able to compete with another school will help.

Following an exhibition match Aug. 16 against IH-35 rival UTSA, the Bobcats will open the regular season Aug. 21 against Houston.

Soccer opens season with 1-0 exhibition win over UTSA

Following practice last week, Coach Kat Conner was not pleased. She felt her players were playing as individuals instead of playing into the team’s style.

The Texas State soccer team’s 1-0 exhibition win over UTSA Sunday night reaffirmed the opposite – the team is ready for the regular season.

“Maybe that just shows a coach needs to step away a little bit more and let them own it,” Conner said. “It’s good stuff to build on. They have our style down.”

Lynsey Curry, senior forward, began the season much like she ended last season – creating goals for her team.

Former Bobcat added to Abilene Christian coaching staff

Less than a year removed from her last season with the Texas State soccer program, Tori Hale will remain in soccer – just with a new role.
 
Hale will be an assistant coach for the Abilene Christian women's soccer team. Abilene Christian is beginning its third season in Division I, with a 21-14-3 overall record in the Southland Conference.
 
"This is a big opportunity and I’m excited to be part of a program that’s rapidly growing the way it is," Hale said. "I’m thankful I get to continue working in the soccer world because I wasn’t ready to leave it just yet."
 

Soccer places third in Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll

Despite not having a player make the first or second All-Conference preseason team, the Texas State soccer team finished third in the preseason poll. 

The Bobcats earned a total of 75 points, including one first-place vote. South Alabama (98 points, eight first-place votes) and Troy (85 points, zero first-place votes) were a couple notches ahead of the Bobcats in the poll.

Texas State is looking to make the next leap after being eliminated in the semifinals of the conference tournament in three consecutive seasons.

Last season, the second place Troy Trojans scored a goal in the second minute and held on to a 1-0 win to advance to the Sun Belt Conference Championship.

The X-factor players for the Fall season

Editor's note: The difference between a contender and pretender is oftentimes the presence (or absence) of a player deemed as a "x-factor." This story is taking a look at the x-factors for the football, volleyball, soccer, women's and men's basketball teams. If these players perform, there's a good chance the team improves its production too. 

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