With the final weekend of nonconference matches in the past, the Troy soccer team (4-6-0) is preparing for Sun Belt foe Texas State (3-5-1) Sunday at home.
This is after Troy took down Gardner-Webb 3-1 on Friday at home but fell on the road to Kennesaw State 2-0 in a game that Trojan coach Chris Bentley was still pleased with.
“We had the same amount of final third entries as they did,” Bentley said. “In a game like that, when you put yourself in a place to be successful and to win games. We just didn’t really finish at times when we needed to and they did, and that’s soccer sometimes.”
The Troy coach said that the Kennesaw State game was a midfield battle back and forth and to him that kind of competition is what soccer is all about.
“When we got done with the game we felt that our girls had done enough to compete and potentially win the game but we didn’t finish our chances,” Bentley said.
With the Texas State match coming on Sunday instead of Friday, the team is able to rest up for the conference opener in Troy.
“I think it’s massive to have the extra day of rest that we were able to give the girls. The other thing was I think at this time of the year it is nice to be able to relax and get away from soccer a little bit in a sense.”
Along with the extra rest, Bentley said his team has more opportunity to prepare for the challenge of the Bobcats.
“I think in the conference they are going to be a team that is competing for a conference championship so I think they are a good team,” Bentley said. “I think they are very athletic. Their front runners are going to bring some challenges to us that other teams have.”
This game for the Trojans is viewed as a measuring stick game as Sun Belt play progresses in the coming weeks.
Troy plays host to Texas State Sunday at 1 p.m.
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