TCU Soccer continues to showcase their depth as 19 Horned Frogs saw the field en route to a 2-0 win tonight over Colorado.
After adding six freshmen and five transfer players to the roster since last season, depth is somewhat expected. The difference is anyone can have the numbers like TCU, but the chemistry between the veterans and youngsters has been off the charts only four games into the season.
Although the season is still in early stages, it has become increasingly apparent that Head Coach Eric Bell and co. favor a frequent sub rotation rather than playing their stars 90 minutes game in and game out.
“We’re pretty deep and with two games a week we have to rest people so they can have a quality performance on Sundays,” said Head Coach Eric Bell. “We are going to continue to use our depth as long as they are performing at a level that is producing success.”
With a perfect 4-0 record, the Horned Frogs now lead all opponents 17-1 on aggregate and have barely broken a sweat while doing so.
TCU didn’t take long to find the back of the net in this one as Grace Collins absolutely embarrassed Colorado defenders en route to a 6th minute goal. When I say embarrassed, I mean it. That poor left back had to guard Collins for the majority of the game and… well, she tried.
Collins not only nutmegged the Colorado defender to score this goal, but she got it through the goalkeeper’s legs as well.
“I was staying out wide and by the way she [the Colorado left back] was defending I could see there was a meg open and I just slipped it through her legs,” said Collins. “After that I saw the shot was open and decided to take it.”
Collins went on to have quite the performance as she knocked through another goal in the second half as well. In the 63rd minute, Gracie Brian setup Collins with a nice feed outside the box allowing her to rip one into the bottom right corner.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but this Grace and Gracie combo is becoming more and more lethal by the game. Grace Collins currently leads the Frogs with five goals this season while Gracie Brian has tallied a team high five assists.
Eventually someone in the athletic department will see these articles and realize they are missing out on a marketing goldmine. Slap “Grace and Gracie” on a T-shirt and take my money.
In all seriousness, this duo has given opponents’ back lines nightmares all season.
“Me and Gracie are best friends. We started off as roommates freshman year and we’ve only been growing and getting better every day together. I think it’s shown in these last few games that we have a really good connection,” said Collins.
Although the Horned Frogs only put two up on the scoreboard, they were firing at will all game. TCU finished with 22 shots compared to the Buffaloes’ 10, led by Messiah Bright and Gracie Brian with four shots each.
Right behind the shot leaders were Grace Collins and Camryn Lancaster with three shots each in this contest. Although Collins is in the spotlight for scoring the winning goals, Camryn Lancaster deserves all the credit in the world for the spark she provides off the bench.
With two goals and three assists through the first four games, Lancaster has established herself as a player to watch. Despite not getting on the score sheet tonight, Lancaster was creating chances left and right.
Not only does she read the field beautifully, Lancaster has some WHEELS! The Colorado backline was in shambles trying to keep up with the speedster out on the wing.
“She’s becoming increasingly more confident by the game and once she figures it out, well people are going to have to deal with that,” said Bell. “She’s a star. She is going to be a future star for us and I see it, you guys see it, it’s gonna happen.”
Aside from the explosive offense in tonight’s game, TCU goalkeeper Lauren Kellett earned her third win and clean sheet of the season. In the first two games of the season, Kellett split time with Pepperdine transfer Kinsey Ehmann though she played all 90 against Colorado tonight.
To definitively say TCU has found their #1 keeper at this stage in the season may be premature, but Kellett has done more than enough to earn minutes. Although it was somewhat of a quiet night for Kellett in goal tonight, she came away with two big time saves to maintain the shutout.
Tonight marked the end of a three-game homestead and the beginning of a three-game road trip. The Horned Frogs will take on their first true road test of the year this Sunday, the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Sunday’s kickoff is set for noon and the game can be watched on ESPN+. Be sure to tune in as the Frogs look to stretch their win streak to five!