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Game Stats: SU vs. Texas State (2/25/06)

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On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Bucs were thankful for many things. They were thankful that the really bad weather had passed and the day turned out to be very nice. They were thankful to have the opportunity to play John Campbell's Bobcats, a Div. A team that has climbed its way to the elite of the LSA A over the past three years with big and impressive wins against traditional A powerhouses.

But most importantly, the Bucs were thankful, extremely thankful, for the opportunity to get on a field and play another team. Through the first six weeks of the season, the Bucs had played just one game, with 3 reschedules and one outright cancellation.

To say these guys were exited to play was an understatement. When you place a team of the caliber of Texas State on the schedule, the guys were very ready to see where all the practice had left them.

The game started out with both teams feeling out each other, and the Bobcats drawing first blood with a goal just under the 11 minute mark. From that point on, the Bucs were able to control most of the rest of the first and second quarters.

Both teams had many opportunities in transition with missed passes or botched catches that just might have given each team the little something extra that would put more points on the board. Missed opportunities at best.

The Bucs answered back with two goals of their own in the first to take a 2-1 lead and each team traded goals in the second to give the Bucs a one goal lead going into halftime.

With all the emotion the Bucs came out with and played through in the first half, only one thing can describe their effort in the third quarter...FLAT.

While TSU decided to kick it into another gear, picking up every ground ball, winning the transition battle, etc. the Bucs looked like a deer in headlights. By the end of three, the Bobcats had taken the lead with four unanswered goals, for a 6-3 lead.

The fourth saw the Bucs make a game of it. While TSU notched their 7th score of the day shortly after the final stanza began, the Bucs were able to control the ball on offense much of the 4th, and put in 4 goals of their own. While TSU did place their final score of the day in at the 5 minute mark, the Bucs came roaring back with 3 of their own with under 4 minutes left.

The Bucs were able to get control of the ball with one minute remaining, and call a timeout. While the pace was fast and furious, the Bucs were unable to find the back of the net, even with a man-up called to end the game.

The TSU goalie played exceptionally well in crunch time, as SU continuously pounded him with shots. He managed to make save after save, not allowing the tying goal through.

Both teams had some great chances to score, some with open nets, and were not able to capitalize.

The entire team played a very solid game, with the defense, leading the way once again. Cole, Gette, with a rocket shot of his own during our 4th quarter comeback, and nelson all did very well, as well as our LSM's Ehrlich and Flechsig.

Jake had a solid game in goal, making several saves he had no business making, and our entire offense, all lines were able to run our offense and control the ball in multiple possessions during the game.

While the loss was obviously expected by most but the guys on the team, the Bucs were very pleased with the effort, the fact they played well enough to win the game, and the opportunity to have played a team of such caliber.

Games like that will only help the Bucs as they head into the meat of their schedule, starting next weekend with the turnaround team of the year, St. Ed's. The Hilltoppers, along with Trinity have been putting up unbelievable numbers in all their games so far this year, and are playoff caliber already.

The LSA Div. B is wide open this year, with one of the biggest games for either team coming up just before Spring Break. The Bucs are beginning to find their rhythm. It seems as though the Hilltoppers have already done so. The game should be one of the best of the season to date. the winner could very well have a leg up on the seeding in the playoffs at the end of April.

- Bill Bowman

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