The Texas State women’s soccer team went on a tough road trip and came up doubly victorious last weekend, extending their winning streak to five games and taking uncontested first place in the Southland Conference.
The Bobcats notched wins of 2-1 in overtime at Sam Houston State on Oct. 17, then defeated Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches on Oct. 19 in a tense 1-0 contest to assume the league lead.
Texas State now is 9-3-3 overall and 5-0-1 in the SLC.
Lauren Lewis scored the game-winning goals in both contests to key the Bobcats’ surge. She scored the only goal at SFA in the 57th minute, heading in a corner kick from Andrea Grifo. In Huntsville two days earlier, the freshman Lewis popped the winning goal in overtime, stealing a Sam Houston pass in the 98th minute and footing in the goal to break a 1-1 tie.
“Lauren came up big this week,” Texas State coach Kat Conner said. “She is constantly working on the field and becomes a magnet to the ball and just lands in the right place at the right time.”
Once Texas State took the lead at SFA, the Lumberjacks turned up the heat and ended up outshooting the Bobcats, 10-6, in the second half. However, Texas State goaltender Mandi Mawyer turned away all the shots to maintain her fifth shutout of the season. SFA outshot Texas State, 17-11, for the game.
“The final 18 minutes were very tough because Stephen F. Austin threw everything they had at us to come back,” Conner said. “Nacogdoches is a tough place to play and SFA a good team. I am very proud of the way our girls played today.”
Texas State opened the scoring in Huntsville with Erica Michaud’s goal in the 48th minute, but Luana Miessa put in the game-tying goal for Sam Houston in the 80th minute before Lewis won it in overtime.
At 5-0-1 in the league, the Bobcats now hold a slim lead over McNeese State (4-0-1). Those same two teams played to a 2-2 double-overtime tie on Oct. 3 in Lake Charles. They will not meet again during the regular season.
The Bobcats go to Texas-San Antonio Friday at 1 p.m. before returning home to play Northwestern State on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.Email | Print