Big Second Half Leads TCU To Win

Aug. 18, 2017

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FORT WORTH -- Four second half goals helped propel TCU to a 5-0 win over ULM in the season-opener at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. Natalee Heiser was the offensive star with a pair of goals just four minutes apart in the second half.


The Rundown
The chances were plenty in the first half, but yeoman's work in net by Warhawks goalkeeper Brooke-Lynn Scroggins limited the damage to one goal as she made eight saves. Allison Ganter was the only Horned Frog to solve the keeper in the half, converting a penalty kick in the 15th minute.

TCU poured on the offense in the second half, scoring four times on four shots on goal. Danielle Eule gave the Frogs a two-goal cushion in the 49th minute, converting a corner kick feed from Allison Ganter. She took the ricochet off of Karitas Tomasdottir and knocked it in goal for a 2-0 lead.

Heiser put the finishing touches on back-to-back goals in the 66th and 70th minute to push the lead to 4-0. McKenzie Oliver was the recipient of two long feeds from Ryan Williams and Ellen Donlin. She fed perfect crosses right to the feet of a waiting Heiser, who knocked in the goals.

Ryan capped a dominating offensive night with her first career goal in the 85th minute. Emma Heckendorn found Ganter who sent a cross to a waiting Ryan.

Stat of the Game
9 --
Nine newcomers saw action in TCU's season-opener, including four in the starting lineup.

Quote of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
On the game
"I think our quality of soccer was able to show out against a worthy opponent. We were able to keep possession of the ball, swing it around and play faster. When they won it, they were stuck in their own end so they just kicked it back to us."

On the newcomers contributing "It's a process. They were able to show some of their attacking qualities today and what they can bring to the team. We have a lot of good, young players that hopefully throughout the season will see are very exciting."

On the fan support "This is the first time we've opened at home and I was interested to see what kind of crowd we would have. Having 1,300 fans here tonight was fantastic."

• TCU opened at home for the first time since the 2008 campaign.
• TCU improved to 13-18-1 in season-openers, including a mark of 2-3-1 under the guidance of Eric Bell.
Yazmeen Ryan, Danielle Eule, Tijana Djuricek and Ariana Owens made their TCU debut in the starting lineup.
Tayla Christensen, Whitney Sullivan, Natalee Heiser, Ellen Donlin and Haley Mallion made their TCU debuts off the bench.
• Ryan, Eule and Heiser each scored their first career goals in the win.
Allison Ganter collected her 13th career goal.
Emma Heckendorn tallied her 17th career assist to move into a tie for second all-time with Sarah Campbell (1986-89).
McKenzie Oliver registered two assists to give her five in her career.
Karitas Tomasdottir collected her fourth career assist.
Ryan Williams registered her 10th career assist.
Ellen Donlin picked up her first career point, an assist on Heiser's second goal of the game.

Up Next
TCU (1-0-0) wraps up its opening weekend homestand Sunday afternoon against UTSA. First touch at Garvey-Rosenthal is set for 1 p.m.



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