Complete Effort Leads TCU to Victory
FORT WORTH - A pair of first half tallies was all the TCU Horned Frogs needed to cruise to a 3-0 victory over Texas State Sunday afternoon. Makenzie Koch and Brittany Slyman scored a goal and an assist each, while Vittoria Arnold notched her third save of the season.
"We knew we needed to have a team effort in order to be successful and I think we got that today," remarked head coach Eric Bell. "A lot of people got on the scoresheet today, which is a positive for us going forward."
TCU hit the ground running, picking up an early tally to take control of the match. The Frogs hard work forced a Bobcat foul, setting up a free kick just outside the penalty box. Koch made a strong feed right to the foot of Slyman, who tapped in the first goal just over five minutes into the match.
The Frogs kept the pressure on Texas State and again, their efforts were rewarded, this time in the form of a penalty kick. After a corner kick from Koch, the Frogs were fouled, setting up the penalty kick. For the second match in a row, Koch faced off against the goalkeeper and came away with a goal. Her blast sailed over the Bobcat goalkeeper's head and put the Frogs up 2-0.
Ten minutes later, the Frogs worked the ball back down the field. Slyman made a strong feed to a streaking Carly Bowen. She quickly passed the ball on to Maddy Courvoisier, whose bid to score the third goal of the half was knocked out of danger by the Bobcat goalkeeper.
Texas State's Serena Hines had the best opportunity to cut the lead in half in the 29th minute. She took a pass from a teammate and hooked the ball towards the goal. Her shot just missed finding the far side corner and kept the Frogs lead at two.
"I am really pleased with how we responded. We came out and scored a quick goal to get some confidence in us. It was a tough loss on Friday night. We challenged the group yesterday to come out with a different mentality and they did," said Bell.
In the second half, the Horned Frogs withstood some early pressure from Texas State and eventually worked the ball back down field. Another foul proved costly for the Bobcats as it set up a free kick for TCU just outside the penalty box. Slyman and Monica Alvarado executed a perfect give-and-go and Alvarado buried the shot for a 3-0 lead.
The Bobcats forced Arnold to make three saves in the second half as they tried to get back in the match, but she was equal to the task, hauling in all three shots cleanly.
TCU improves to 3-3-1 on the season. The Frogs will wrap up a season-long four match homestand Friday night when they host Houston Baptist. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal.