Soccer: Team ready to declaw Cougars

By winning its first conference game Saturday, the soccer team has extended its winning streak to three matches.The Horned Frogs got off to a quick start during the 3-1 win against Air Force, scoring two goals on the Falcons within the first 10 minutes.

With an assist from freshman forward Jackie Torda, sophomore midfielder Michelle Nguyen netted TCU’s first goal in the fourth minute.

Just seconds later the Falcons evened the score with a penalty kick.

After the Falcons tied the score, sophomore forward Lizzy Karoly gave the lead back to TCU in the eighth minute with her third goal of the season.

Nguyen then sealed the win for the Horned frogs, converting on a second-half penalty kick.

Head coach Dan Abdalla said the team is starting to play with more confidence.

“The team is becoming a lot more comfortable on the field,” Abdalla said. “We’re sure of what we’re doing, and I think we’re playing great right now.”

With the win, the team moves to 6-6 this season with a 1-0 conference record and a 5-2 record at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.

“We have a great atmosphere at home,” Abdalla said. “As our level of play improves, more and more people are coming to the games and the kids get excited about it.”

The Horned Frogs will be forced to leave the comfort of the Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium as they take their winning streak to Salt Lake City on Thursday, where they will try to upset the undefeated Brigham Young Cougars (10-0-2).

Abdalla said breaking the Cougars’ unbeaten streak is within reach.

“If we can just stay comfortable and confident and protect the ball, I think we can win,” Abdalla said.