Sept. 18, 2015
DALLAS, Texas –
Two goals from TCU’s McKenzie Olvier in a three-minute span in the second half helped lead the Horned Frogs past SMU Friday night at Westcott Field.
TCU dominated the match from the opening touch, but couldn’t find a first half goal despite four first-half corner kicks and a bevy of chances in the offensive third.
The tides turned in the second half as the Frogs used a pair of quick-strikes early in the half to open up a 2-0 lead. Oliver was the benefactor of hard work up and down the field by her teammates.
Six minutes into the second half, Kayla Hill worked the ball down the middle of the field and fed a streaking Ryan Williams. The initial shot was saved by the Mustang keeper, but it deflected right to Oliver, who didn’t miss a wide-open net for her first career goal and a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later the Horned Frogs struck again. This time it was a streaking Emma Heckendorn who fed Oliver. Heckendorn carried the ball down the near sideline and passed back to an unmarked Olvier, who’s shot was on target for a 2-0 lead.
The TCU defense did yeoman’s work, limiting the Mustangs to just four shots. Shannon Coffer wasn’t asked to make a single save in recording her fourth career shutout and her third of the season.
Stat of the Game
0 – Shots on goal allowed by the TCU defensive back line featuring Ryan Williams, Bobbi Clemmer, Lauren Sajewich, Julia Thurston and Courtney Forte.
Quotes of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
“In a game, like this against your cross-town rival, it’s a pretty big deal to not give up any shots on frame. Overall, I thought the defensive performance by our whole team was fantastic. I’m very pleased with the match.”
“In the first half, I thought our possession was really good and we had a couple of chances, but we were even better in the second half. We were able to score a couple goals. I’m really happy for McKenzie (Oliver).”
“It’s a coming out party for McKenzie. I know she’s going to score more goals for us, it’s just a matter of getting the first one to go in.”
• McKenzie Oliver scored her first two career goals in the match.
• Oliver joins Michelle Prokof in the multi-goal club for the Frogs this season. Prokof has a pair of multi-goal games this season.
• Shannon Coffer tallied her third shutout of the season. She teamed with Justine Rendl on another to give TCU four on the season.
• Eleven of TCU’s 16 goals on the season have come in the second half.
• TCU has allowed just two goals in its last six matches.
TCU (5-4-0) will start a three-game homestand on Sunday afternoon when it hosts UTSA at 1. The game will be televised on FSSW+ in HD only.