SAN MARCOS – Texas State scored the first two goals of the season against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi soccer team, as the Bobcats emerged with a 2-0 victory on Friday night at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.
Tori Hale scored at 11:31 for Texas State and Kassi Hormuth added a tally at 60:37 to notch the victory for the home squad. Caitlynn Reinhart earned her second shutout of the season with the win, improving her to 2-0-1 on the year. Megan Delaney (1-1-1) made six saves in a losing effort for the Islanders.
"Tonight I was frustrated with our play and execution in the first half," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "We never got in a rhythm and just chased the game. We settled down at halftime and focused on the keys of the game for us and really played a solid second half. We had more possession and looked to attack. Unfortunately, we gave up a goal that we could have prevented, and just couldn't put together the final pass on the offensive end.
"We have to find a way to mentally and physically come out focused, playing our style from the start, and carry through the final whistle," she added. "We still have some bright moments to look at from the game tonight that we will build on for next week. We will also be full strength in our back line, where we were shorthanded tonight."
The Bobcats struck first with a nice finish from Hale in the 12th minute. Jourdan Brown took the ball at midfield and served a through-ball forward to Hale on the right side. Hale took a touch and then sent it into the lower left corner for her second goal of the season, the first allowed by the Islanders on the year.
Texas State doubled its advantage in the 61st. Hormuth took the ball off a throw in on the left side, cut to the center of the field, found space within the Islanders defense, and sent a ball into the far corner for her second goal of the season. A&M-Corpus Christi ratcheted up the pressure for the remainder of the game, but could not crack the scoreboard.
The Islanders will not return to the pitch until next Friday, Sept. 5, as they play their first game under the lights at the Dugan Family Soccer & Track Stadium against Texas. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
"We look forward to being at home, under the lights, and having the support of the school and community to cheer us on against Texas," Caldwell said.
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