Sept. 2, 2016
Final Stats |
BEAUMONT, Texas –
Kayla Hill’s penalty kick goal in the 73rd minute propelled TCU to a 2-1 victory over Illinois Friday night at Garvey-Rosenthal. With the win, TCU is off to its best start in school history as it improved to 4-0 on the season.
TCU hit the ground running as it pushed the charge into the offensive zone. Hill’s first chance came just 45 seconds in, but her shot sailed wide. TCU kept the pressure on and capitalized just under a minute later to take the early lead.
McKenzie Oliver pushed the attack toward the Illinois goal. Her cross into the penalty box was on target for Hill, who flicked the ball to a hard-charging Emma Heckendorn for the easy tap-in and a 1-0 lead in the game’s second minute.
Courtney Hofer was called on just over 12 minutes later to keep it a 1-0 game as Illinois was pushing hard to get the equalizer. The cross into the box was on target for Patricia George, but Hofer was right there for the save on the low shot.
Illinois came out charging in the second as it tried to tie the game. Katie Lund had to be sharp early and often. Her first save came just 33 seconds into the half as she corralled the in-tight shot off the foot of Reagan Robishaw.
The Illini got the equalizer they were looking for in the 56th minute. A corner kick for Illinois looked like it would be cleared out of danger, but the clear landed right on the foot of Taylore Peterson. She made it count as she ripped in her first goal of the season to tie the game.
TCU battled and eventually earned a penalty kick as Heckendorn charged down the field after a long pass. She was taken down in the 18-yard box, setting up Hill’s successful penalty kick attempt. Lund made two more saves to preserve the win for TCU.
Stat of the Game
6 – Emma Heckendorn has either scored or assisted on six of TCU’s 11 goals scored this season. While she did not factor into the scoring of the game-winner, Heckendorn drew the foul call that led to the penalty kick.
Quotes of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
On the fan support:
“We’ve been waiting for this. 1,300 people was awesome. Hopefully we can add to that on Sunday. It created a home field advantage and was a great crowd for our home opener. ”
On the second half push from Illinois; the penalty kick:
“It started off a little slow in the second half. We changed some things from a tactical standpoint and that helped us stabilize the game. The change helped us generate some scoring chances. Emma (Heckendorn) did a great job to draw the PK and Kayla (Hill) buried the chance.”
On the first goal early in the match:
“We started exactly how we wanted to from a tactical standpoint. We created a fantastic scoring opportunity early in the game. McKenzie Oliver had a great cross, Kayla Hill with the feed back to Emma who had the easy tap in.”
• TCU is off to its first 4-0 start in program history.
• TCU improved to 3-0 in one-goal games this season.
• Kayla Hill converted her first career penalty kick.
• The goal for Kayla Hill was her second career tally and her first career game-winning goal.
• Kayla Hill also registered her fifth career assist.
• Emma Heckendorn scored her 11th career goal.
• McKenzie Oliver collected her second career assist.
• Katie Lund made a career-high six saves in her half of play.
TCU (4-0) continues its homestand Sunday evening when it hosts Texas Southern. Game time at Garvey-Rosenthal is set for 6 p.m.