Nickens leads Horned Frogs to conference win
Oct. 14, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior Angie Nickens netted a goal in the 34th minute off a corner kick to give TCU a 1-0 conference victory over New Mexico Sunday afternoon.
With the win, TCU, who moved to 7-7-0 on the year and 2-1-0 in conference action, has posted the most total wins in head coach Dan Abdalla's tenure, while also bettering its win total from a year ago in conference play after only three matches.
"We worked really well as a team and I thought we controlled the pace of the game well," said sophomore Lizzie Batten.
Early in the contest, Cheryl Martin looked to put TCU on the board, but watched as her header sailed wide of UNM goalkeeper Shannon Adriana. Both Jackie Torda and Lizzy Karoly almost netted goals midway through the half, but had their shots blocked by the Lobo defense.
Nickens would score the lone goal of the match off an assist by Michelle Nguyen in the 34th minute to give TCU the victory and net her second goal of the season. Following Nickens goal, Karoly almost increased the Horned Frog lead, but couldn't connect after blasting a shot from the right side of the box. Karoly's shot hit the post and bounced off the backline.
After the period, Torda almost cracked the scoring column, but watched as her shot sailed wide of the post. Katie Howard, a freshman from St. Louis, tried to connect midway through the second half, but had her shot saved by Adragna.
"We fought really hard and its always nice to get a conference win," said Chelsea Cody.
Overall, Torda led the Horned Frog offensive attack by recording four shots on the day, while Nickens, who netted her sixth goal of her career, posted three shots, including one on goal.
Walters posted the shutout for the Horned Frogs and recorded five saves for TCU, while Adragna picked up the loss after stopping one save.
TCU will next be in action Oct. 19 at Wyoming. Start time for the conference match is set for 4 p.m.