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Ali Jones controls the ball for Texas State’s soccer team (Texas State sports information photo).

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State soccer team will play its first home matches in the Sun Belt Conference this weekend with Georgia State and Western Kentucky coming to San Marcos.

The Bobcats are 4-5-2 overall and 1-0-1 in the Sun Belt Conference after a 2-2 tie at South Alabama and a 2-1 win at Troy last weekend.

Lynsey Curry and Maddie Nichols scored the Texas State goals at South Alabama. The Nichols goal came in the 85th minute, salvaging a tie.

Sydney Curry and Ali Myers scored the Texas State goals at Troy. The Myers goal, coming in the 17th minute, broke a 1-1 tie. Goaltender Natalie Gardini played all 90 minutes, making four saves.

“We are proud to have gone into Alabama and to come back with four points,” Texas State coach Kat Conner said. “We need to build off of that to get a championship run. It’s always exciting to play in front of your home crowd, and I think they’ll be ready to come in and be a bit more focused, because they know that you’re playing against two great teams that could be up there possibly spoiling the championship run.”

Georgia State enters the weekend with a 3-6-1 overall record and a 1-1-0 mark in the Sun Belt Conference.

Western Kentucky enters the weekend at the top of the Sun Belt Conference, posting victories in its first two conference matches. The Hilltoppers defeated Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette in 2-0 shutouts on their home turf. The Hilltoppers are 4-3-4 overall.

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