The Horned Frogs had a dream start to their 2021 season coming away with a dominant 7-0 win over Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches.
FROGS WIN!!!— TCU Soccer (@TCUSoccer) August 20, 2021
A fantastic effort all around for TCU! Two goals each from Grace Collins and Camryn Lancaster and tallies from Messiah Bright, Maddy Warren and Marz Akins.
Lauren Kellett and Kinsey Ehmann combine on the shutout, making two saves each.#GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/UFAjDbLTd0
From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, TCU showcased an offensive onslaught like no other. Three first half goals, four in the second, and not to forget they obliterated the Lumberjacks’ in total shot count 31-9.
This team hasn’t skipped a beat. The chemistry was phenomenal, the freshmen played as if they had been there for a year already, and lastly; my goodness the Frogs know how to maintain possession. If only possession was a major stat category in collegiate soccer, I’d say the Frogs had the ball for at least 65% or more of the 90 minutes.
The best way I can describe the Frogs’ performance in their season opener? Poetry in motion.
After a long and tedious “technical difficulties” delay on ESPN+, the broadcast booted back up just in time to catch Grace Collins score TCU’s first goal of the season off a wonderful cross into the box by Gracie Brian.
Both Collins and Brian went on to have one hell of a night. Collins finished the game with two goals and an assist, so it’s safe to say the 2020 Big 12 Offensive Player of the year is picking up right where she left off.
As for Gracie Brian, the Junior midfielder was creating chances on goal left and right. She finished the night with a hat trick of assists (3) and multiple shots on goal.
Grace Collins with 2 goals and Gracie Brian with 3 assists on the night pic.twitter.com/2dqRVnoZNM— Frogs O’ War (@FrogsOWar) August 20, 2021
I don’t want to be too premature on this, but it’s very possible that Grace Collins and Gracie Brian are already establishing themselves as the Frog’s dynamic duo in the attacking third this year. Not only do they play incredibly well on the pitch together, but I mean come on; “Grace and Gracie” is so marketable it’s not even funny. Slap it on a T-shirt and take my money!
Aside from some excellent outings from the veterans, a few newcomers made an immediate impact in their TCU debut. Freshmen Camryn Lancaster needed less than 10 minutes of game-time before her name was written in the score sheet, but that was just the beginning.
Lancaster went on to finish the game with two goals and an assist. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lake Ridge High School product finds herself in the starting 11 in the near future after that performance.
Other than Lancaster, freshman Oli Pena earned the starting nod in the midfield where she played for the majority of the game. Alex Fava, Dana Reed, Nicolette Lewis, Kinsey Ehmann, Paige Crews, Avery Barron, Lexie Wallace and Jacqueline Barnes all made their first-ever appearance in a Horned Frogs uniform tonight as well.
Awesome stuff by coach Eric Bell to work everyone in the game considering the Frogs held such a comfortable lead throughout.
The rest of the Horned Frogs’ seemingly endless downpour of goals were scored by Messiah Bright, Marz Akins, and Maddy Warren.
It was a picture perfect evening for TCU Soccer and exactly the type of performance you’d want to see before a HUGE matchup against a top 10 opponent coming up.
TCU hosts No. 9 Texas A&M at Garvey-Rosenthal stadium this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. CST. Words cannot describe how big this game is for the Frogs going forward, and from a fan’s perspective nobody wants to lose to the Aggies… ever.
Be there or be square this weekend, it’s going to be a good one.