SAN MARCOS, Texas – Early goals by the Bobcats this afternoon led to a 7-0 blowout of the Bears and earned the team the claim of Southland Conference Champions. The Bobcats will enter the SLC Tournament 12-3-4, 8-0-2 SLC and as the No. 1 seed for the first time in school history.Today’s matched marked the
Texas State Forward Britney Curry was the first Bobcat to get the scoring started today. With only two minutes passing in the game, she worked her way past a Central Arkansas defender as she was able to strike from 10 yards out to score the game winning goal.
Not less than two minutes later Senior Rikki Padia made her Senior Day memorable as she battled UCA’s keeper, Heather Joye, one-on-one to connect with the right side of the net.
“The team came out ready to play today. Central Arkansas was ready for the match, but we came out on a mission,” said Head coach Kat Conner. “We were able to get two quick goals and that set the tone for the rest of the match. We had a great team effort.”
Curry was back in action in the scoring game 14 minutes after her first goal; when she received a cross from Andrea Grifo and kicked it straight pass the goalie. The goal marked the 14th goal of the season for Curry as she leads the Bobcat offense in goals scored.
In what may have seemed like a replica of the first-four minutes of the match with back-to-back goals by Curry and Padia, Padia scored with a ball that went right pass the goalie to the side of the net. Curry assisted on the ball as she tallied five points in today’s match. Padia scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season.
Scoring her fourth goal of the season was Kendall Webber in the 39th minute. She kicked the ball off a previous block from the goalie that this time the keeper was not able to save.
Coming off the momentum of Webber’s goal was Lindsay Tippit who got into the scoring action as she lifted her goal to the left side of the net from five yards out, after a cross from Erica Michaud.
By halftime the Bobcats saw themselves up 6-0, and were beating the Bears on shots with 12 attempts to UCA’s zero. Both teams switched keepers before the start of the second period, with Molly Wynchuk entering for UCA and Deborah Ross for Texas State.
Nikki Kinard made the lone goal in the second period as she scored off a deflection from a UCA defender. UCA keeper Wynchuk had four saves in the second half allowing one goal, while Ross had two saves and no goals allowed. Mandi Mawyer recorded the win for today as sixth of the season.
The Texas State soccer team will now prepare for the upcoming SLC Conference Tournament. The tournament is being held from Nov. 6-9 in Lake Charles, La., being hosted by McNeese State. With the win today, the Bobcats will receive a bye for the first round of the tourney.
“I think it’s amazing what these young ladies have done. It is a complete turnaround from last year of not even making the SLC tournament, to now making it,” added Conner. “I think it shows the team’s heart and determination.”
Texas State honored its four seniors Rikki Padia, Reagan McNutt, Marty Wright and Jami Batchelor in honor of “Senior Day.”
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