Sept. 17, 2017
NACOGDOCHES, Texas –
TCU set the tone in the first half and never let up in posting a 4-0 win at Stephen F. Austin Sunday afternoon. Tijana Djuricek
set up a pair of first half goals and Natalee Heiser
connected twice to lead the charge.
TCU came out firing on all cylinders in building a 2-0 lead after the first half. The offense generated 10 shots and eight corners. It was the set pieces that proved fruitful for the Frogs as they capitalized on two.
Tijana Djuricek found the magic touch from the corner as she assisted on both goals. In the 15th minute, she found a leaping Karitas Tomasdottir, who headed in the first goal of the game.
In the 37th minute, Djuricek’s long shot deflected off the keeper setting up another corner. Once again, her feed was on target as her low cross was perfectly placed for Natalie Heiser to strike for the 2-0 lead.
TCU withstood a strong early push from SFA in the second half and put the game out of reach in the 56th minute. Ariana Owens’ long shot was saved by the SFA keeper, but it wasn’t clean and Yameen Ryan was there to clean up the rebound for a 3-0 lead.
Heiser converted her second goal of the match in the 78th minute as she finished off a solid feed from Ariana Owens for a 4-0 lead.
Stat of the Game
2 – Natalee Heiser collected two goals in the match, posting her second career multi-goal game of the season.
Quotes of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
On the game:
“We finally put together a complete 90 minutes. We took care of business against a team that is pretty good.”
On the first half start:
“We talked a lot about the start of the game. We wanted to start off well and tried to get the momentum, be aggressive and attack.”
On scoring on set pieces:
“We were getting lots of opportunities, but our services have been inconsistent. We talked about it as a staff and decided to give Tijana (Djuricek) a shot at it. She did fantastic. You need a good services to create scoring chances and she gave us that. It’s good for us as a team that we scored on set pieces.”
• TCU concludes non-conference play with a 6-3 record.
• TCU posted its third shutout of the season.
• TCU has outshot its opponents in seven of the first nine matches.
• Karitas Tomasdottir scored her third goal of the season.
• Tijana Djuricek tallied her first career point, assisting on Tomasdottir’s goal in the first half.
• Djuricek added another assist on Emma Heckendorn’s goal in the first half.
• Natalee Heiser scored her third and fourth goals of the season.
• Heiser posted her second multi-goal game of the season.
• Yazmeen Ryan scored her second career goal.
• Ariana Owens collected her first career point, assisting on Heiser’s second goal of the match.
• Katie Lund played the entirety of the match for the fourth time this season.
• Cachet Lue, Tijana Djuricek and Ryan Williams played the entirety of the match.
TCU (6-3) will open up conference play next weekend when it hosts Kansas Friday night. Game time is set for 6 p.m. and will be televised on FSSW.