By Cole Paveglio
The Texas State soccer team closed non-conference play with a record of 0-4-1. The Bobcats lost their final non-conference game of the season against the Central Arkansas Bears with a score of 2-0.
The first half of the match ended in a 0-0 tie with the Bears. The Bobcats only managed to get three shots off in the first half.
“We were holding the ball way too long. We’re not passing the ball quick enough.” Head Coach Kat Conner said. “They were attacking us and stripping us of the ball, so it’s got to be faster.”
Gabie Jones, junior, made multiple vital stops in the first half to keep the game level at halftime.
“Gabie has been playing really well. We’re proud of her and she’s doing a great job,” Conner said. “But we’ve got to sure up the people in front of her. The midfield has gotta get better and help her out.”
To start the second half, Central Arkansas scored the opening goal of the game in the 46th minute. The ball found the net off the head of Central Arkansas player, which put the Bears up 1-0 early in the second half.
“I hate to give up a goal that early and it’s not good psychologically that we did that,” Coach Conner said. “But I thought the players responded very well, and it kinda woke them up.”
The second goal of the game came in the 71st minute off of a header for the Bears, which put them ahead 2-0.
“We missed the mark on the corner kick and they got a second goal. We had nobody on the back post. We have got to get someone on the back post,” Conner said.
The Bobcats finished the game with nine total shots compared to Central Arkansas’ 15.
“Where we’re choosing to pull the trigger, it isn’t good that we were shooting 40 yards out when we need to actually go one more pass,” Conner stated.
During non-conference play, the Bobcats have been “trying to use our physical legs and outwork people, but we’re not using our brains with our legs,” Conner said. “We have very intelligent young women, and that’s what we’ve been asking them to do. They do it in glimpses, that’s what’s kind of killing us right now. We have never been able to put it together.”
Conference play for the Bobcats starts with a game against the Ragin’ Cajuns from Lafayette, Louisiana on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.
Featured image by Cole Paveglio.