TCU Tops Idaho 2-0 in Physical Battle
Aug. 24, 2014
MOSCOW, Idaho - Vittoria Arnold needed to make just three saves and the TCU offense scored twice to help the Horned Frogs pick up a 2-0 win at Idaho on Sunday.
"It was a tough game on a Sunday after a long wait to get going on Friday," said head coach Eric Bell. "I'm pleased with the effort and the intensity displayed in adverse conditions. The kids fought hard and earned win."
The Frogs pumped 19 shots towards goal, four of which were on goal. Freshmen Jill Finnerty and Emma Heckendorn led the Frog attack with four shots each, but it was the veterans who found the back of the net. Lauren Sajewich and Makenzie Koch both scored for TCU.
"We have some kids that are going to have to grow up faster than normal, especially Jill Finnerty, Kela Gray and Emma Heckendorn. They are all going have to get used to playing big girl soccer and they are doing a good job of that so far," said Bell.
Meanwhile, Arnold's efforts were helped by a stingy defensive effort that limited the Vandals to just five shots in the match. Arnold made one stop in the first half and two in the second to help the Frogs to their first win of the season.
"Defensively, the back line was pretty solid. For us right now, it's more about the team game. We are going to have to defend together. We have some things to work on for sure, but where we are now as compared to before, we are a lot further ahead," said Bell.
Idaho earned the match's first opportunity with a corner kick, but good defense by the Frogs kept the Vandals off the board. TCU countered but Finnerty's shot was high.
Arnold was the first goalkeeper that was tested as Reagan Quigley fired a shot on goal just six minutes in.
After seeing a pair of shot attempts foiled, the Frogs finally earned their first corner of the match in the 15th minute. Eryn Spencer's feed was true and on the mark for Sajewich who knocked it into the back post for a 1-0 TCU lead.
The Frogs had three more corner kicks in the half, but the Vandal keeper was there to make a stop on Meghan Murphy's header, while two other shot attempts were blocked.
TCU opened the second half on a mission as it battled to get the insurance goal. Kela Gray and Heckendorn fired off shots early in the half only to see them go high over the crossbar.
The Frogs earned three corner kicks in the half, but each one was foiled by the defensive efforts of the Vandals. The architect of the corners, Koch, was finally rewarded for a strong game with a goal in the 70th minute.
A logjam in the penalty area saw the ball bounce around, eventually finding the foot of Koch. Her shot knicked off the crossbar and just barely inched over the goal line for a 2-0 lead.
Arnold was called on to make one final stop in the 78th minute and she was equal to the task to keep the Vandals off the board.
The victory pushes TCU's record 1-1 on the young season. The Frogs return home to open up a four-match homestand beginning Friday night against Missouri. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.