A timely goal in overtime from striker Messiah Bright solidified a 2-1 win for No. 6 TCU soccer against Alabama on Thursday night, catapulting the Frogs to a 6-0 season start for the first time in school history.
The Crimson Tide came out fast and proved to be the first team to cause problems for TCU this year. They had a heavy man-to-man defense, and several shot attempts narrowly missed the back of the net at the beginning of the first half.
Goalie Lauren Kellett put on a show against Alabama’s offense, finishing with a career-high five saves.
As the Frogs battled against high pressure from the opponent, they were able to connect and play their game. Midfielder Camryn Lancaster brought the goal TCU was looking for in the 35th minute, connecting with midfielder Skylar Heinrich to slip the ball into the back of the net.
Kellett made four saves against an 8-7 shot advantage for Alabama, giving TCU the lead at the half.
The Crimson Tide had several early looks in the first half, outshooting TCU 4-1. Kellet kept the Frogs in the game after making a leaping save in the 57th minute against a shot fired from outside the box.
In the 61st minute, the Tide’s midfielder Felicia Knox tied the game with a shot to the back post, and the rest of the half remained scoreless, sending the Frogs into overtime for the first time this season.
Bright put a quick end to overtime, though, heading the ball into the back of the net off an excellent cross from striker Grace Collins. The golden goal gave the Horned Frogs a hard-fought 2-1 victory in Tuscaloosa.
“We didn’t give up. We showed a lot of resiliency in an adverse environment. The lessons learned on the road, hopefully, we can apply those moving forward,” head coach Eric Bell said. “It was a tough game and we were fortunate to come away with a victory.”
TCU ends its three-game road swing on Sunday, Sept. 12, against Ohio State University. The match is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.