FORTH WORTH, Texas (Sept. 14, 2008) -Three early first-half goals by forward Lizzy Karoly proved to be too much to overcome as the regionally ranked No.8 TCU Horn Frogs defeated the ETSU women's soccer team, 7-0, Sunday in Forth Worth, Texas. ETSU drops to 2-3 on the season, as TCU improves to 6-0-1.
Boasting one of the premier offensive teams in the nation, Karoly led the attack early on, taking a pass from TCU forward Chelsea Cody, across the Bucs defense and driving home the match's first goal in the fifth minute. However, the Escondido, Calif., native wasn't done, posting two more goals in two minutes, firing her second from 30-yards out in the 15th minute, and then knocking home her third goal a minute later off of the pass by TCU defender Caroline Sterns.
"TCU is by far the best team we've played all year," said head coach Heather Henson. "They are a fully scholarshiped team that has great speed. Today they did a great job getting to loose balls and getting a lot of movement from their off ball attackers. That's something our team has to improve on, especially when you play one of the top teams in the nation like we did today.
The Horned Frogs would add one more goal before the half by midfielder Kaylie Garcia, giving TCU a 4-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Bucs would make some changes on both sides of the field, but again the speed of the TCU offense proved to be too much to handle. The Horn Frogs would add three more goals by forward Jordan Calhoun in the 47th minute, by Sterns in the 60th minute and by midfielder Michelle Nguyen, for the match's final mark.
"One thing we need to do as we finish our non-conference schedule is work on being more active, when neither team has possession," said Henson. "I thought we didn't move the ball around as much as we have early on this season,
The Bucs did lead TCU in corner kicks 2-1, however, TCU posted 24 shots to ETSU's eight. Defensively, freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Gaughan (Indianapolis, Ind.), saw her first career action in goal, posting 19 minutes of play late in the second half.
"Overall, this trip was a learning experience," said Henson. "When we headed down to Texas Thursday and Hurricane Ike was hitting the coast, so I think that was on the mind of most of our players. As a team we learned some things during this stretch. We have to continue to improve as we head into conference play. Our goal, with playing some of the better teams in the country this season, is to prepare us as we start conference play in a couple of weeks."
ETSU wraps up its three-game road trip as they travel to face regionally ranked No. 12 South Carolina, with a 7 p.m., September 19th match, in Columbia, S.C.