Shutout weekend turns around Bobcat soccer season

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Shutout weekend turns around Bobcat soccer season

Texas State defender Addison Gaetano, (22), attempts to throw a soccer ball to her teammate, Jessica Pikoff, (15), during the first half against Appalachian State Oct. 6 at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. Photo credit: Jaden Edison

Texas State defender Addison Gaetano, (22), attempts to throw a soccer ball to her teammate, Jessica Pikoff, (15), during the first half against Appalachian State Oct. 6 at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. Photo credit: Jaden Edison

Jaden Edison

Texas State defender Addison Gaetano, (22), attempts to throw a soccer ball to her teammate, Jessica Pikoff, (15), during the first half against Appalachian State Oct. 6 at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. Photo credit: Jaden Edison

Jaden Edison

Jaden Edison

Texas State defender Addison Gaetano, (22), attempts to throw a soccer ball to her teammate, Jessica Pikoff, (15), during the first half against Appalachian State Oct. 6 at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. Photo credit: Jaden Edison

Cade Andrews

The Texas State soccer team captured their first Sun Belt wins to turn around their seven-match losing streak in a dominating weekend at ULM and Appalachian State over the weekend. The Bobcats defeated ULM with a whopping five goals on Friday to win 5-0 and returned to San Marcos to beat Appalachian State 2-0 on Sunday.

The Bobcats improved to 6-5-2 on the season and 2-2-1 in Sun Belt Conference play.

The Texas State soccer team finished out their impressive weekend with a 2-0 victory against Appalachian State on Sunday afternoon at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.

Midway through the fifth minute, the ball got passed by an App defender and went into the net to give the Bobcats an easy 1-0 lead.

Following the goal, senior Kaylee Davis had a good look from 10 yards out but was knocked out for a corner kick.

In the 53rd minute, sophomore forward Hannah Solano won a loose ball and passed to Davis, who quickly found junior midfielder Renny Moore at the top of the penalty box. Moore sent the shot to the left corner of the goal for a two-goal lead and the defense pulled off their second shutout of the weekend to finish the game 2-0.

Moore said the goal was a result of teamwork between herself and Davis.

“The ball got in, Kaylee (Davis) got it and she held it up well,” Moore said. “Then she got it back and it was just on me to not mess it up.”

The game was the second shutout of the weekend, something senior midfielder Jordan Kondikoff credits to a strong defense.

“I think we have a strong back line, and we have a strong will to play strong defense. I mean, it’s a pride thing not to get scored on,” Kondikoff said. “We can score five goals, but if we get scored on were not going to be happy about that, so just going into every game we expect a shutout.”

The win came off of the team’s 5-0 victory over ULM on Friday, a feat which not only marked their first conference win but was also their highest-scoring game since 2008.

Davis snapped the team’s five games of scorelessness early in the game. In the 5th minute, junior midfielder Mackenzie Smith sent a pass to Kaylee Davis, who sent the ball into the upper left corner of the goal to give the Bobcats the early advantage.

Kondikoff quickly followed Davis with a goal in the 17th minute, putting the Bobcats up 2-0.

Kondikoff went back-to-back after a foul from ULM in the 30th minute, scoring her second goal of the match to make the score 3-0.

Freshman forward Madison Humphrey kept the ‘Cats going with her first career goal, scoring the fourth goal in the 38th minute after beating a Warhawk player and sending it to the bottom right corner of the goal.

The final goal of the match was scored in the 56th minute after a cross was sent in from Hannah Solano for Davis’ second goal of the game to put the Bobcats up 5-0.

The ‘Cats are now 2-2-1 in conference, meaning each game matters as they wrap up conference play.

Kondikoff said the wins pushed them in the right direction as they continue their journey through the Sun Belt.

“We were able to come in today and kind of turn the season around for us and realize that we’ve still got it in us and I think it just really built up our confidence,” Kondikoff said.” We’re ready for next weekend.”

Next up for Texas State is a home match against Louisiana on Friday at 7 p.m.

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