Senior Lizzy Karoly has taken on a leadership role as one of just three seniors on the Horned Frog soccer team. Karoly took the school’s all-time goals scored record on Sept. 6 in a match at Rice, when she netted her 25th career goal in a 2-1 win. The soccer team won two home games last weekend, 5-2 against Stephen F. Austin and 4-0 against Texas Woman’s University.
Q: Because there are only three seniors on the team, how does that affect the team makeup and the seniors’ roles as leaders?
A: I think since there are only three of us we have to give the freshmen and the underclassmen as much advice and knowledge that we’ve learned over the years. The juniors step up leadership wise too so I think we all just try to help each other out.
Q: What is the team’s focus heading into conference games?
A: Our focus is to be more passionate and to play with heart and to not be scared to sacrifice everything in the box to get that ball in the net. Just having fun and playing with heart because if we play with heart we can beat anyone.
Q: With four losses already this season, is it disappointing with the high expectations the team had heading into the season?
A: I haven’t been too upset that we’ve had four losses because we’ve learned a lot from those games. I’d rather have these losses come early in the season during nonconference games, than during conference. I think we’re getting all of the rust out of the way, the little stupid mistakes out of the way, and I’m glad that it happened early on. Every time we’ve lost we’ve taken something from that game and learned something and been able to fix it.
Q: What has been the biggest thing the team has learned from the losses?
A: Silly mistakes that could have easily been prevented, so I think just staying focused the whole game and not letting up at all. And we want to focus these next two games on us scoring first because we’ve been the comeback kids this whole season; we get scored on, then we come back, and I think some of the losses we’ve gotten scored on first, and we don’t want that to happen anymore. We want to be the first score.
Q: The program has done a complete 180 since you got here. What do you think your biggest contribution has been to the that?
A: Oh gosh. I don’t even know. It’s been so much it’s really been hard to pinpoint one thing. With my freshman class that came in, we just had a lot more drive and a lot more passion for the game. We were willing to work hard to change this program around. So I think our work rate and our passion helped change the program.
Q: You just became the all-time leader in goals at TCU. Are you worried about that record at all with Jordan Calhoun already right behind you (Calhoun, a sophomore, has 23 to Karoly’s 27)?
A: No, I’m not worried. Jordan is an incredible player, and she deserves all the goals she gets. As long as we’re winning games, and we accomplish the goals we’ve set out this season, I don’t care who has (the record). It’s a great honor; it really is.
Q: What are your plans for after college soccer?
A: After college? I wish I knew, can you tell me? I’ve decided that, because I’ve been asked this so many times the past couple months, I’m just going to not think about until after season. I’d love to play soccer in the future, either here in the States or overseas, but I want to pursue my career as well. So I’m not going to think about until after the season, because I want to enjoy my senior season stress-free, just go out there and have fun.