TCU rallied back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat Kansas State 3-2 in overtime Sunday.
The 5th ranked Horned Frogs are now 6-0-1 on the season. Head coach Eric Bell credited the win to his team’s belief in its members.
“The elements were tough, and we were down a couple players, but credit to our group for believing,” Bell said. “Getting the first goal early in the second was huge. That gave them hope and belief. The Halser goal was awesome and then Grace Collins finished it off in overtime.”
Kansas State came out strong in the first half and scored two goals in the first 26 minutes.
“K-State come out and did what they needed to do. They pressured us and put us in some bad situations and took advantage of it by scoring a couple goals,” Bell said about the first half.
Unfazed, sophomore Gracie Brian scored her first goal of the season and got TCU on the board just 1:44 into the second half.
The Horned Frogs would keep the momentum on their side and score again to tie it up with under 12 minutes to go. Olivia Hasler scored her first career goal after a pass from Lexie Wallace.
After regulation time ran out with the match still tied 2-2, the game went to overtime.
Just three minutes into overtime, Grace Collins shot a turnaround shot that bounced past the goalie for the game-winning goal.
“You have to fall back on coaching. That’s what it’s all about and what we are all about. Handling adversity. It’s the next-man-up mentality. We have some good players on our team,” Bell said. “We are pretty deep, and I think that showed up today. I’m really proud of the grit we showed today.”
TCU reclaimed the top spot in the conference with the win.
The Horned Frogs will end their three-game road trip by traveling to Norman, Oklahoma, to take on the Sooners on Friday night. The game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on FOX Sports Oklahoma.