“I didn’t think our conviction to the attack was anywhere near where it needed to be,” TCU soccer head coach Dan Abdalla said after Friday night’s 1-0 victory against the University of Texas at San Antonio. “We’ve got to spend a lot of time on our work rate, and our heart, and just be willing to put ourselves out there.”
The Horned Frogs made the adjustments needed Sunday.
Senior midfielder Michelle Nguyen netted the first goal seven minutes and fifteen seconds into the game. Nguyen received the ball at the top of the Houston Baptist Huskies’ goal box, quickly turned and fired one into the top left corner.
Abdalla said his team showed more passion and fire earlier in Sunday’s game.
“I thought we were much better in terms of coming out of the gate, Abdalla said.
Three goals were enough to clench the win as the Horned Frogs dominated the Huskies 3-1 Sunday afternoon at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.
The Horned Frogs continued to dominate with great passing in the middle and down the sides of the field. Stringing together four and five passes up the field, the ball made its way to sophomore forward Jordan Calhoun, who fed a nice ball into the path of senior forward Lizzy Karoly. Karoly put the ball easily past the Huskies’ keeper into the lower right corner of the net for the second goal of the game.
Sophomore defender Alex Mechalske got some corner kicking practice as the Horned Frogs took nine kicks, compared to the Huskies’ zero. The Horned Frogs recorded twelve shots during the match; sophomore defender Katie Taylor, junior midfielder Jackie Torda, Karoly and Calhoun all saw a few opportunities narrowly missed.
“I thought we came out with a lot more bite today than we did Friday,” Calhoun said.
Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Walters spent more time out of the goal box than in it, coming out and clearing nearly every ball that came within her reach.
Walters was beaten one time by Huskies forward Gabby Trujillo in the 67th minute. The Horned Frogs were called on a hand ball in the penalty box, and Trujillo was given a penalty kick which she put, low and fast, to the right of Walters, scoring the only Houston Baptist goal.
Fouls abounded the rest of the match as the Horned Frogs controlled the midfield and made attempts at sending the ball wide to outside midfielders.
Mechalske, junior defender Nikki Wilbur and sophomore defender Chelsey Wilgenburg saw plenty of airtime, heading balls down and cutting off the Huskies’ attempts at getting any passes over or through them.
Calhoun closed the game with just over a minute left as she finished a ball the Huskies’ keeper let out of her hands.
Abdalla said finishing needs to improve, as does communication and organization, but a win is a win.
“It’s a W; we’re going to take away that we’re 3 and 0,” Abdalla said.
The soccer team secured the third win under its belt after defeating the University of Texas at San Antonio in the Friday night game.
At about seven minutes and 20 seconds into the game, midfielder Kaylie Garcia was assisted by a throw in from the right side of the field just before she shot the ball into the lower left corner of UTSA’s goal from the middle of the box.
Despite her goal in the first eight minutes, Garcia said she was dissatisfied with the game.
“We just need to fight harder to get that ball in the net,” Garcia said. “We’re going to come out with a different attitude and try to make it better the next game.”