TCU Soccer looks to be back on track after a dominant 2-0 win at home against conference foe Oklahoma.
FROGS WIN!!— TCU Soccer (@TCUSoccer) October 8, 2021
TCU scores a goal in each half to pick up win No. 10 on the season. Grace Collins and Skylar Heinrich with the goals. Lauren Kellett makes four saves for her fifth shutout of the season.#GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/6eldRFeNj1
After a less-than-ideal stretch of games, going 1-2-1 in the four games prior to last Sunday, the Horned Frogs have bounced back in emphatic fashion with two straight multi-goal wins.
The score may have finished 2-0, but watching the game felt as if the Frogs were winning 5-0 the entire time. Other than maybe the first ten minutes or so, the Sooners could barely maintain possession in the Frogs half of the field and were constantly having to drop back.
This was a textbook performance from TCU. The way they stretched the field, maintained possession, took their time to find the right passes; Oklahoma was doomed from the opening whistle.
“It’s always hard to win college soccer games and, as I told the group, it’s even harder in conference. Everybody knows everybody. So to come away with a shutout, a 2-0, doing good stuff from an attacking perspective and not giving up any goals, I’m going to sleep well tonight. We performed very well against a worthy opponent,” said Head Coach Eric Bell.
That “good stuff” Bell is referring to includes Grace Collins’ opening goal for the Frogs in the 33rd minute. For her 7th goal of the season, Collins surprised the keeper by firing a shot from a difficult angle and sneaking it through to the back of the net.
The Oklahoma keeper played a great game with seven saves on the night, but was no match for this rocket of a shot.
This was only one of eleven shots from the Frogs in the first half as they led in shot count 11-5 at the break. The 2nd half was even more dominant, as the Frogs had 14 shots compared to the Sooners 3, tallying a total of 25-8 on the night in favor of TCU.
Even with an abundance of shots and shots on goal, it wasn’t until the 86th minute that TCU found their insurance goal by way of Skylar Heinrich. The junior Creighton transfer had a fantastic run and shot for her first goal in a Horned Frogs uniform, catching the Sooner keeper off guard as she came off her line.
Messiah Bright played a great ball to set up Heinrich on the move for her 68th career point. She’s now tied with Michelle Prokof (2013-2016) for fourth all-time.
Although only two goals went through on the night, the Frogs had plenty of quality chances on goal in what looked like a revitalized offense.
“We are creating a lot more chances and being dangerous. We have some really dynamic attacking players that are creating these chances. Hopefully over the course of time, especially the next game, we are going to be creating even more.”
The Frogs also had a strong defensive performance as well. Even though Kellet was only forced to face four shots, she saved all of them to earn her fifth shutout of the season.
With a 10-2-1 record now, the Horned Frogs will look to keep the momentum flowing as they take on Oklahoma State this Sunday. Game time is set for 5 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal stadium, be there or be square!