By Cole Paveglio
The Texas State soccer team kicked off the 2020 season with a 2-1 loss against Stephen F. Austin in a match decided in the closing seconds of the second overtime on Friday.
Emma Jones, freshman, scored the lone goal for the Bobcats in minute 17 and notched her first collegiate goal in doing so.
“Honestly, I don’t even remember (the shot). I just remember taking a shot, looking up, and just seeing it go in,” said Jones. “It was really good, a lot of hard work. (The match) was really fun. It was fast, I expected it. But we went out there and we played hard and the way we’re supposed to.”
In the first season without Heather Martin and Kaylee Davis, the Bobcats saw six freshmen make appearances in the match versus the Lumberjacks. With freshman Beth Agee getting the nod to start at goalie alongside three other freshman starters Trinity Clark, Alana Clark and Jones.
This group of freshmen have already started to make an impression on head coach Kat Conner.
“Emma Jones, what a standout,” said Conner. “You know, that kid is gonna be special. She’s coming on strong, she’s a sponge, she soaks everything up. Great shot, bending shot to the back post, really did an awesome job. I thought Haley Shaw came on, had some good minutes there, and worked really hard to give us that plank play. I thought Trinity and Alana Clark really played well.”
In her first collegiate game, Agee had seven saves and two goals, the last being a scramble where the ball popped out and ultimately found the back of the net.
“Hey, what about Beth? You know, you talk about freshmen, holy cow,” said Conner. “That kid, she was phenomenal, she was phenomenal … I think we’ve got a good one back there and I think she’s only gonna get better and better.”
The Maroon and Gold will be looking to get into the win column on Sunday, Sep. 6 at 7 p.m. versus the Houston Baptist Huskies in Houston.
The Bobcats will return to the Bobcat Soccer Complex on Friday, Sep. 11 at 7 p.m. in a match versus the Lamar Cardinals.
Featured image by Cole Paveglio.