Team Effort Leads TCU Past ACU
Sept. 7, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's soccer team evened its record at 3-3 Sunday night with a 3-0 victory over Abilene Christian. Emma Heckendorn played a part in all three goals in the match.
TCU freshmen Heckendorn and Kela Gray notched the first goals of their collegiate careers and Michelle Prokof added her second goal of the year in leading the Frogs to their second consecutive shutout win.
"It was another quality effort by the entire team," TCU head coach Eric Bell said. "I think we are figuring out as a team what it takes to win games. We're learning slowly but surely how to finish games and win them."
Horned Frogs goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold (3-2) made six stops on 12 ACU shots for her second consecutive shut out, while TCU recorded its three goals on 20 shots. Despite giving up 12 shots in the match, the defensive back line of Lauren Sajewich, Bobbi Clemmer, Meghan Murphy, Ryan Williams and Allison Ganter made the shots come from distance, allowing Arnold to see the action in front of her.
"We want to make it very hard for teams to score and be basically a wall," Bell said. "The last two games have been fantastic and I think Vittoria's been pretty solid in goal as well."
"It takes some time to gel. We have a lot of young players and we're asking them to do a lot of things they're not accustomed to doing, but things are coming together," Bell said.
Prokof recorded the game-winning goal less than four minutes into the match when she snuck a shot past ACU goalie Sydney Newton. Ryan Williams took a feed into space from Heckendorn and put the ball right on the foot of Prokof who was there for the tap in.
TCU retained the 1-0 at the half on 11 shots on goal, while ACU had just five shots.
Just over five minutes into the second half, Gray tallied her first collegiate goal with a low shot to the far corner 22 feet out. After taking a pass at the top of the box from Ganter, Heckendorn made a sweet feed with her back to the goal and Gray finished it off. The assist was the second of the match for Heckendorn.
With two assists under her belt, Heckendorn got on board with her first collegiate goal with just over 15 minutes left in the game on a high shot from the top of the box.
For the match, the Frogs had five corner-kick opportunities to ACU's two, and TCU was whistled for six fouls to ACU's 8.
The Frogs, who finished the weekend 2-0 after beating LSU Friday, hit the road for matches at Texas State on Friday and Sam Houston State on Sunday.
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