No. 16 TCU soccer defeats Texas State in shutout fashion

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Sophomore midfielder, Oli Pena playing soccer on Sept. 11, 2022. (Photo courtesy of

By Sara Littlejohn, Staff Writer

No. 16 TCU took down Texas State 3-0 to close out a perfect weekend on the road. Freshman forward Tyler Isgrig led the Horned Frogs with two goals and one assist.

Head coach Eric Bell shared insight on Isgrig’s stellar performance throughout the match.

“We recruited her as a goal-scorer and she’s starting to find her rhythm,” said Bell. “Hopefully this propels her to have an even better season as we head into conference play.”

How it Happened

After a scoreless first half, TCU was eager to get on the board. Isgrig converted a penalty kick in the 48th minute, scoring the first point of the match for the Horned Frogs.

That gave the Frogs some momentum. Minutes later, graduate forward Messiah Bright followed suit, scoring on an Isgrig corner kick to extend TCU’s lead to 2-0.

The final goal of the match was scored in the 83rd minute by Isgrig, her second of the contest. Sophomore midfielder Oli Pena fed Isgrig the perfect pass allowing her to fire into the top left corner of the net.

Bell spoke about the keys to the Frogs’ victory:

“I think that we have to be patient,” said Bell. “Texas State came out with a different shape that made it more challenging for us to break them down. We had to give them some information at the half and I thought our players did what we asked them to do from a tactical standpoint. Our goals in the beginning of the second half were able to settle the game.”

Looking Ahead

TCU will go toe-to-toe with Harvard for the first time in 23 years on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.

The Crimson, 6-0, remain undefeated this season. Their toughest matchup thus far was No. 17 North Carolina State in early September, which resulted in a 2-0 victory for Harvard.

The last time the Horned Frogs saw the Crimson was Sept. 10 1999 when Harvard defeated TCU 3-1.