TCU Drops Season-Opener, 3-0
Aug. 23, 2014
PULLMAN, Wash. - The 2014 season for the TCU Horned got off to a later start than anticipated as the match was delayed by three hours by a storm. When the dust finally settled, Washington State hand the Frogs a 3-0 defeat.
"I thought our kids represented us in a very positive fashion," said head coach Eric Bell. "I don't see it as a 3-0 loss. The score was not indicative of how the game was played. We battled hard and created lots of opportunities."
Making her collegiate debut in goal, freshman Courtney Hofer stood tall as she made 10 saves and faced 17 shots in all. The Frogs put forth a solid effort as they reeled off 15 shots, four of which were on goal.
"If we can do that regularly, we will win a lot more games than we lose," said Bell. Full credit to Washington State, they are a good team and they did good things, but I thought we did too. The stat sheet reflects how competitive the game was. It stinks to lose, but I think we can take a lot of positives out of the game.
Washington State had the first two scoring opportunities in the game's first nine minutes, but Hofer was there to make both stops.
TCU settled in and carried play for a good portion of the next 10 minutes. The defense did a good job of creating turnovers and pushing the ball upfield. Jill Finnerty made a good run down the middle of the field and dropped the pass back to Eryn Spencer who's shot sailed just high over the crossbar in the 13th minute.
An unlucky ricochet proved costly for the Frogs in the 28th minute. A ball in the middle of the field bounced off the legs of the Frog defenders and right to the feet of a Cougar forward. She was taken down in the penalty area and the Cougars were awarded the penalty kick. Kailiana Johnson converted the PK, kicking it home just off the outstretched hands of Hofer for a 1-0 lead.
In the 35th minute, the Frogs earned a free kick from 30 yards out. Makenzie Koch's bid went wide and Michelle Prokof's attempt was blocked, but right to the foot of Madeline Hamm who's shot was swallowed up by the keeper.
Just over a minute later, Washington State capitalized on its lone corner kick of the half. Cara Wegner's feed was on target for Mesa Owsley who headed home the Cougars' second goal of the match.
TCU did its best to try and get back in the match as Ryan Williams got off a shot in the half's first two minutes. The Frogs fought off a pair of Cougar corner kicks and earned one of their own in the 62nd minute. Michelle Prokof's feed was on target, but Emma Heckendorn's header was just wide.
A foul on Washington State in the 68th minute set up TCU's best opportunity of the half. Bobbi Clemmer's free kick from 30 yards out bounced off the crossbar. Lauren Sajewich's shot off the deflection was wide of the goal.
The Frogs kept the pressure on as Prokof's bid was blocked out of bounds to set up a corner kick. The ball found its way to a waiting Allison Ganter, but her shot was wide.
Washington State pushed the deficit to three in the 74th minute. Beau Bremer made a cross feed to Wegner who headed the ball right to Jocelyn Jeffers who was there for the tap in and a 3-0 Cougar lead. The Cougars staved off three late corner kicks from TCU to hold on for the win.
TCU (0-1) returns to the pitch Sunday afternoon at Idaho. Match time is slated for 3 p.m. (CT).