Improved defense leads to victory

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    The TCU soccer team had the magic working this weekend as it rolled past the Sam Houston State Bearkats and the Boise State Broncos.Friday, the Horned Frogs managed to outshoot the Bearkats 33-7 in a 4-0 victory with sophomore forward Bjarnveig Birgisdottir’s three goals leading the charge. Her hat trick was the first by a TCU soccer player since Jill Cook pulled off the feat in 1999.

    Junior forward Angie Nickens contributed the other goal for the Frogs, and junior goalie Katy Buchanan recorded her second shutout of the season with four saves.

    Despite allowing four goals in the game, Melissa Sauceda recorded 12 saves in the effort for Sam Houston.

    Sunday’s suspenseful match against Boise State went into overtime with no score.

    Birgisdottir once again provided the excitement for TCU, as she claimed the game-winning goal 16 seconds into overtime, her fourth goal of the weekend.

    “It feels good (to score the game-winning goal),” she said. “We’ve been winning games and playing strong. We just take things one game at a time, and hopefully we go as far as we can.”

    Buchanan made only two saves in her second shutout of the weekend.

    Her shutout streak currently stands at 201:33.

    Buchanan said improved defense paved the way toward the victory.

    “I think this weekend proved that we are really organized as a defense because we’ve struggled in the past,” Buchanan said. “It’s great that we’ve progressed every few games. As long as we continue to play early from the whistle and leave everything on the field, we have a really good chance against the conference.”

    For Boise State, goalies Michaela Morrison and Kim Parker put forth a solid effort combining for nine saves, allowing just the one goal in overtime.

    Head coach Dan Abdalla said he is very pleased with his team’s recent hot streak.

    “We’ve won the games we should of won, and we’ve been getting closer on the ones we’ve lost,” Abdalla said. “We’re right about where we want to be. Obviously, we would like to have a couple more wins, but the kids have been getting better and better every game. We’re competing every game and giving ourselves chances to win.”

    This weekend, the Frogs will look to continue their hot streak on the road against Utah and Brigham Young.