The Texas State soccer team is two wins from winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in their first season there.
The Bobcats opened the tournament at the Bobcat Soccer Complex Wednesday with a 2-1 overtime win against Troy. Next up for the Bobcats is the Sun Belt regular season champion, Western Kentucky (WKU), in the Sun Belt semifinals Friday at 7 p.m., also at the Bobcat complex.
The Bobcats improved to 8-8-1 overall with the win against Troy. The Bobcats finished the regular season 5-3-1 in the Sun Belt, tied for third place with Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL). The Bobcats lost at ULL, 5-2, on Oct. 18, giving ULL the tiebreaker.
So, the Bobcats were seeded fourth in the tournament, which is the same as being seeded fifth because those seeds play each other in the first round. With the tournament being played in San Marcos, the Bobcats were at home.
The Bobcats scored the winning goal Wednesday in the 94th minute on a goal by Maddie Nichols off a corner kick by Tori Hale.
The game was tied, 1-1, through regulation time, which included a scoreless first half. Gabbi Cottee put the Bobcats on the scoreboard first heading in an assist from Nichols in the 64th minute. Troy tied the game in the 84th minute on a goal by Jasmine Fahrnbauer.
Texas State goaltender Natalie Gardini earned the win for Texas State after picking up eight saves. Lynsey Curry led the Bobcats with six shots.
WKU picked up the 2-1 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR) in the first round of the tournament. WKU beat the Bobcats, 1-0, in two overtimes on Oct. 6 in San Marcos. The Hill Toppers are 9-5-5 overall, with a 7-2 record in the Sun Belt.
The winner between the Bobcats and WKU will play for the championship against the winner between South Alabama and Arkansas State, who will meet in the other semifinal.
Earlier this week, Curry and Hale both were named to the Sun Belt Conference second team for the 2013 season.
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