Wyoming Rallies For Late Win Over TCU
Aug 23, 2013
"Obviously, we are disappointed with the results," said head coach Eric Bell. "I thought we played well enough to win, but we gave up four set-piece goals which is not normal for us and is something we must fix. Hat's off to Wyoming for continuing to fight and figuring a way to win. We need to be mentally tougher and get better at putting teams away. It's a sign of youthful team. We just need to learn from it and get better everyday. We can't let this game define our season."
Wyoming had the game's first chance six minutes in, but it was TCU that capitalized just a minute later as the Horned Frogs grabbed a 1-0 lead. Michelle Prokof took a feed from Kelly Johnson just inside the six-yard box and beat the goalkeeper to the left side.
The Cowgirls wasted little time getting the game knotted at one as they took the ball from midfield and immediately put pressure on the TCU defense. Olivia Mohtadi fed Sarah Paul and she fired a perfect shot just inside the left post to tie the game.
Both teams had some chances in the middle of the half, but Wyoming finally broke the tie in the 23rd minute on a goal from Mollee Ramsay. Her shot on net clanged in off the crossbar from 12 yards out to give the Cowgirls a 2-1 lead.
TCU took control following the goal, taking two shots and earning a pair of corner kicks. The second corner kick paid dividends as Clemmer took the kick and bent it in over the head of the goalkeeper to tie the game at two with seven minutes to go in the half.
Just over a minute into the second half, the Horned Frogs restored their lead. The Frogs drove down the field and a foul by Wyoming set up a free kick for the Frogs just outside the penalty box. Makenzie Koch capitalized on the opportunity, placing the ball perfectly in the upper corner for a 3-2 lead.
TCU played solid defense, holding Wyoming to zero shots for the first 30 minutes of the half. A push downfield by the Cowgirls helped them earn their first corner kick of the match. Paul took the corner and Lucie McDowell headed the ball over the outstretched hands of the TCU's goalkeeper, Vittoria Arnold.
A minute later, Wyoming drew a foul just outside the 18-yard box. On the ensuing free kick, Liz O'Reilly placed the ball perfectly inside the left post for a 4-3 lead.
TCU tried hard to get the equalizer in the final 11 minutes of the match, but both shot attempts went high and wide.
"We created enough chances and I thought we created a lot more than Wyoming did, but we didn't finish," said Bell. "When you don't finish, you leave teasa with life and give them chances to tie and win the game with set pieces. We didn't do what we needed to do to get a win."
TCU returns to the pitch on Sunday morning as it faces Air Force. First kick is set for 11:30 a.m. (CT) in Missoula, Mont.