TCU Cruises Past UTSA; Wins 5-0

Aug. 20, 2017

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FORT WORTH -- TCU scored early and often in the first half and rode the offensive explosion to a 5-0 win over UTSA on Sunday afternoon. McKenzie Oliver scored two goals and Ryan Williams contributed three assists to lead the offensive attack.


The Rundown
Tara Smith got the scoring started just five minutes into the game. Ryan Williams fed a streaking Emma Heckendorn. Her crossing feed was right on target for Smith, who knocked it in past the diving keeper for her first career goal.

Just over two minutes later, the Frogs struck again, this time on a corner kick feed from Allison Ganter. She placed it perfectly for Karitas Tomasdottir who headed it into the upper part of the goal for a 2-0 lead.

Emma Heckendorn struck with her first goal of the season in the 24th minute. She streaked down the right side of the field, feeding the ball to an open Yazmeen Ryan. Her pass was right on target for Heckendorn to just tap it in.

Williams again did most of the work in generating the fourth goal of the match. She weaved her way through traffic down the middle of the field before sending a pass to Oliver. He strike to th far post was on target and TCU led 4-0.

The Frogs final tally came in the dying minutes of the first half. This time Tayla Christensen found a wide-open Oliver. Her rising shot deflected off the keeper's hands and into the net.

TCU didn't let off the gas in the second half, forcing the Roadrunner goalkeeper to make six saves in the half.

Stat of the Game
5 --
TCU scored five goals on 11 shots in the first half.

Quote of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
On the game "We talked a lot about what we talked about at the half in Friday's game. That along with the video session we had yesterday helped. Our players did a fantastic job applying what we gave them in order to be successful in today's game. To have a weekend like we did was awesome."

On the new field "The quality of the field is great. The new surface is a lot softer so there is not as much wear and tear on your body. Along with the improved lighting we saw Friday night will make the quality of the soccer much better."

On the offensive support "Being able to apply the information that they've been given has been a big factor. We have gotten better in each of the two games we've played this year and that's what it's all about. Everytime we step on the field, we give ourselves a chance to win if we are looking to get better."

• TCU scored five goals in a game for the second-consecutive match.
• TCU allowed its first shot of the season 23 minutes into today's game.
• Six Horned Frogs made their collegiate debuts: Emily Alvarado, Isabelle Juarez, Astrid Souto, Courtney Koplyay, Callyn Loughrey and Madeline Wright each saw their first action of the season.
Tara Smith and Karitas Tomasdottir each scored their first career goals in the contest.
McKenzie Oliver recorded her second career multi-goal game, the last coming at SMU (Sept. 18, 2015). Oliver has now scored eight goals in her career.
Emma Heckendorn moved into a tie for first all-time with Allison Caleri as she notched her 18th career assist.
• Heckendorn scored her 13th career goal.
Ryan Williams tallied a career-high three assists in the game to bring her career total to 13th, a mark that is tied for seventh all-time.
Allison Ganter recorded her second assist of the season and the eighth of her career.
Yazmeen Ryan and Tayla Christensen each tallied their first career assists.

Up Next
TCU (2-0-0) hits the road for a pair of games in Colorado starting Friday night against the Buffalos. Game time in Boulder is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT).



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