By Garrett Martin
The Bobcats played their second home game in a row, beating the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns 1-0 and snagging their third straight conference win.
The ‘Cats headed into this game knowing exactly who their target was on the Cajun defense. Gwen Mummert, the shot-caller on Lafayette’s backline, has been someone that head coach Kat Conner has had her eye on in film.
“They’ve got an international German defender back there who organizes everything and is very smart,” Conner said. “We’re going to have to figure out how to get in behind her and be deceptive in it so that we can have a two-prong attack when we go in so she doesn’t know which one to cue off on.”
Knowing full well that they needed to go after her directly, coach Conner orchestrated her offense to do just that.
With a 1-0 lead at the half, Lafayette head coach Lance Key used his heavy-offensive front to put pressure on the Texas State’s defense. The Cajuns held possession of the ball 56% of the time, led 14-12 on shots and 7-6 in shots on goal.
While Lafayette’s efforts might’ve created pressure on the Bobcats, it was the play of the backline, midfielders and senior goalkeeper Heather Martin that prevented scoring late in the match.
“We definitely felt the pressure, but [the defense] handled it well, they always do,” Martin said. “They’re the most composed group of girls under pressure I’ve ever seen.”
Coach Key’s strategy was not to let the Bobcats out of their defensive zone. Conner knew what he was doing, so she redevised her strategy and relayed it to her players.
“You’re trying to get your players to understand where the open space is and it’s on the outsides,” Connor said, “so that’s what we kept trying to tell them.”
Conner admits they were unsuccessful at times, but she communicated her strategy very well and relied on her talented players to carry out the strategy and get a win.
The Bobcats are taking this weekend to rest and heal up before heading out to face Coastal Carolina on Oct. 18. Live stats will be available for the upcoming game on txstatebobcats.com.
Featured image by Garrett Martin.