The Troy soccer team dropped two straight conference road matches this weekend against Appalachian State 3-2 in double overtime, and 2-0 to Texas State. After a seven-game win streak earlier this season, the Trojans (10-5, 2-3 Sun Belt) now are on a two-game losing streak.
The Trojans traveled to play Appalachian State (6-8, 3-2 Sun Belt) on Friday, Oct. 10, after coming off a pair of home conference wins. The offense got off only five shots and gave up eight shots, two of which went in.
Troy wasn’t going to go down without a fight, however, and controlled the second half. The offense made adjustments at halftime and came to life, getting off 12 shots.
Troy finally scored in the 60th minute, when sophomore midfielder Abby Reynolds helped swing momentum in Troy’s favor.
After that goal, it took just three minutes for Troy to score again. After being fouled in the box, junior forward Chelsey Williams scored on the penalty kick to complete the comeback. Troy looked to keep the pressure on, but did not score for the remainder of regulation. Fortunately for Troy, neither did Appalachian State.
In the 103rd minute, the stalemate ended. Appalachian State senior forward Jenna Claude scored a golden goal on a header, giving the match to the Mountaineers.
Troy’s second match of the weekend was also a tough loss. The Trojans were shut out for the first time since the season opener against LSU.
Although the Trojans got off 19 shots in the match, the Bobcats’ junior goalkeeper Caitlynn Rinehart saved nine of them.
Both goals for the Bobcats (9-4-1, 4-1 Sun Belt) came in the first half, and despite numerous opportunities, the Trojans were unable to score.
The Trojans came out looking to score quickly and were close to leading until freshman midfielder Rachel Grout put the Bobcats up with a goal in the 32nd minute.
The Trojans were unable to regroup, however, and gave up another goal when the Bobcats’ junior forward Lynsey Curry stole the ball from the defense. Curry broke away, scoring to give Texas State the 2-0 lead.
“We just couldn’t seem to get out of our own way this weekend,” said head coach Jason Hamilton. “You have to put goals in the back of the net, and when you have as many chances as we did and can’t (score), then you can’t win. This is conference play, and if you get outworked you will lose. We found that out twice this weekend.”
Troy will play host to Georgia State on Friday, Oct. 17, as it looks to get back on track in conference play. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.