Bobcat soccer team in white jerseys join arm-in-arm in their final postgame circle of the regular season.

Bobcats Clinch Spot in Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Senior Day

By Jude McClaren
Assistant Sports Director

The Texas State Soccer team concluded their regular season Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over the Georgia Southern Eagles. The Bobcats knew this game was a “must win” in order to secure themselves a spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament and continue the storied careers of Bobcat legends Kaylee Davis and Heather Martin.

This wasn’t the ‘Cats only motivation though, as it was Senior Day at Bobcat Soccer complex. Seniors Kalen Sanderfer, Kathryn Budde, Genesis Turman, Jordan Kondikoff, Davis and Martin played their final match in San Marcos, while playing the majority of the game’s minutes.

Kalen Sanderfer accomplished a career milestone during those minutes, where she passed her first career assist to Davis in the 10th minute of the match.

Davis scored two goals in her final display in San Marcos, the other being a penalty kick after being fouled in the 54th minute.

Martin continued her dominant stretch as a Bobcat goalkeeper, recording three saves before being subbed out in the 70th minute. Budde came in and pitched a shutout for the ‘Cats for her final 20 minutes in San Marcos, recording a save of her own as well.

Ally Kewish also contributed to the seniors dominance, as Jordan Kondikoff made a perfect pass to assist a goal for the Sophomore.

Head Coach Kat Conner was pleased who how the Maroon and Gold competed.

“They really had a drive to score the goals and make sure nothing got past them,” Conner said. “So I was really proud of them today.”

Conner also commented on how much this class meant to her as a coach.

“It’s hard to say goodbye to such a great class,” Conner said. “They’re not done yet, but they’re not just great players, they’re great people.”

Kondikoff explained what it felt like to play at Bobcat Soccer Complex for the last time.

“It’s tough, I don’t really like to think about it,” Kondikoff said. “It kinda makes you sick to your stomach, I mean these four years have completely flown by, but it’s an honor to play for this team, we’re a really tight knit group and I’m just really grateful I got the opportunity to do this today for us.”

Because of the execution of all of these seniors and the rest of the Bobcats, their season will continue into postseason play in Foley, Alabama starting Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Bobcats conclude their regular season with a 9-7-2 record. You can follow all the action on KTSW 89.9.

Featured image by Jude McClaren.

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