Prokof's Hat Trick Leads TCU To Win
Sept. 22, 2013
"Overall, I am pleased with the performance from the group," said head coach Eric Bell. "I thought we started off very well and continued that over the course of the game. We created a lot of scoring opportunities and were able to put three in the back of the net. Obviously getting the shutout was good for us too."
Prokof is the first Horned Frog to tally a hat trick since Jordan Calhoun netted three goals against Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 25, 2009. She has scored TCU's last four goals and pushed her season total to six.
The Horned Frogs dominated the contest from start to finish, outshooting Central Arkansas 18-7. For the second straight game, TCU put at least 10 shots on net en route to a three-goal effort.
TCU earned four corner kicks and fired off seven shots in the game's first 14 minutes, but couldn't solve the Central Arkansas defense. The Frogs were four shots on goal but were stymied by the Bears keeper and the defensive back line.
Following the media timeout, the Frogs were finally able to cash in. On a throw in deep in the offensive zone, Makenzie Koch got the ball to Maddie Payne. She worked her way around the defender and passed the ball back to Koch on the right side. Koch sent an arching shot on net that deflected straight down off the crossbar. Prokof was there for the tap in and a 1-0 TCU lead.
Just over a minute later, the Horned Frogs cashed in again to take a commanding 2-0 lead. TCU earned its fifth corner kick of the match and made it count. Koch's feed was on target for Prokof, who pocketed the ball for her second of the afternoon.
The Frogs continued to push the attack, firing off three more shots in the half. Central Arkansas came on late in the first, taking a trio of shots. Vittoria Arnold snagged her first save of the afternoon in the 32nd minute on a shot from the top of the penalty box.
TCU picked up where it left off in the second half, coming out with a strong push to extend its lead. It took just over seven minutes, but Prokof got her hat trick. Another throw in led to TCU's third goal of the contest. Brittany Slyman's flip throw toward the penalty area made it to Patry Carrion, who tapped the ball to a wide open Prokof. The freshman wasted no time knocking it in for her third of the afternoon.
The defensive line of Julia Thurston, Jennifer Donegan, Lauren Sajewich, Kelly Johnson and Rebekah Foreman played a solid 90 minutes as it limited the Bears attack. Arnold was called on to make just two saves in the second half to notch her second shutout of the season.
TCU improves to 4-4-2 on the season with the victory. The Horned Frogs will head to Austin, Texas to open up Big 12 play Friday night against the Texas Longhorns. Fans unable to make the journey south will be able to watch the contest on the Longhorn Network. Match time is set for 7 p.m.