Sept. 16, 2016
Final Stats |
FORT WORTH –
A pair of goals in the first three minutes of the game had TCU well on its way to a 4-1 victory over Austin Peay Friday night. The Horned Frogs set a new standard for a start to a season at 7-0-1.
TCU hit the ground running, picking up its first tally of match just 1:32 into the game. Kayla Hill made a long run down the sideline before finding a wide-open Emma Heckendorn. Her feed was on target to McKenzie Oliver on the far post for an uncontested shot into the top of goal for a 1-0 lead.
Just 42 seconds later the Frogs had a 2-0 lead. Heckendorn made long throw into the penalty area where it was flicked on target by Meghan Murphy to Kayla Hill for the easy tap in.
TCU kept up the pressure and was finally rewarded again the 26th minute. Faith Carter made a strong move to beat her defender and found Ryan Williams who touched the ball back to Hill. She fired in her second of the game for a 3-0 lead.
Austin Peay found the back of the net in the 30th minute. A defensive miscue put the ball right on the foot of Kirstin Robertson, who didn’t miss the wide-open net to make it a 3-1 game.
TCU dominated the possession in the second half, outshooting Austin Peay 7-1. It was finally rewarded in the 67th minute on a goal from Carter. A bouncing ball off of a TCU corner kick was finally corralled by Lauren Sajewich deep in the penalty area. Without an angle to shoot at the net, she sent a cross that landed right on the head of Carter for a 4-1 lead.
Stat of the Game
8 – The eight assists for Emma Heckendorn tie the school record for most in a season (Libby Tappan, 1988; Carolina Starns (2005).
Quotes of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
On enjoying the benchmark his team set with the win:
“All we talk about is going 1-0 each game and we’ve been able to do that more often than not this season. We have to celebrate these things that have never been done in the program before. That’s what we came here to do. It’s nice and I’m happy for the players more importantly.”
On the getting the early lead:
“It doesn’t change the way we want to play the game. I told them after the first 10-15 minutes of the game we hit the easy button and got sloppy the rest of the half. I challenged them at the half to be better and I think they came out in the second half and set the tone. We have to make sure we are doing things the right way so when we get to Big 12 play we are ready.”
On starting Big 12 play next week:
“I hope that we go into Friday confident. I’m confident and I love our group. I think that we should walk onto the field with some swagger. It’s deserved; it’s not fake or false. We want to go out there and represent ourselves and our university in the best way possible.”
• TCU has set the record for best start in program history at 7-0-1, topping the mark of 6-0-1 set by the 2008 squad.
• Kayla Hill registered her fifth assist of the season and the ninth of her career.
• Hill tallied her first career multi-goal game.
• Hill now has a point in five straight games (4G, 5A).
• McKenzie Oliver notched her first goal of the season and the fourth of her career.
• Emma Heckendorn registered two assists in the match and now has eight on the season and 15 for her career.
• Heckendorn is now tied for third all-time in school history with her 15 career assists (Makenzie Koch 2012-15).
• Faith Carter scored her fifth goal of the season and the eighth of her career.
• Carter also tallied her second assist of the season and the fourth of her career.
• Meghan Murphy collected her first assist of the season and the third of her career.
• Ryan Williams notched her second assist of the season and the ninth of her career.
• Lauren Sajewich tallied her first assist of the season and the second of her career.
TCU (7-0-1) opens Big 12 play Friday night at Oklahoma. Game time is Norman set for 6:30 p.m.