Aug. 25, 2017
BOULDER, Colo. –
Despite dominating the stat sheet statistically, a goal by Colorado in the 33rd minute stood up as the game winner as the Buffaloes defeated TCU 1-0 Friday night.
The Horned Frogs dominated the possession game, controlling the play for the majority of the game, but could not penetrate the back line. Colorado allowed 14 shots to the Frogs, but none found their way on goal.
TCU fired off the first four shots of the game, all just wide of the goal, as it carried play for the first 30 minutes of the half.
The field titled in favor of Colorado around the 30-minute mark. Kelsey Aaknes got the scoring play started with a feed to the left corner for Joss Orejel. Her cross was right on target as Taylor Kornieck lofted it just over a diving Katie Lund for the only goal of the game.
In the second half, TCU turned up the pressure late, outshooting Colorado 8-2, but could not solve the Buffalo defense. The Frogs earned a trio of corner kicks in the half, but generated just one shot off the foot of Emma Heckendorn that went just high in the 77th minute.
Stat of the Game
0 – TCU had 14 shots in the game, but none on goal.
Quotes of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
On the game:
“I thought Karitas Tomasdottir was unbelievable. She was the player of the match. Possession-wise, we had the ball a lot in good spots, but not we were not quite as efficient in final third. We had 14 shots but none on goal. Hats off to Colorado, they played a good game, but we have to be better in the final third.”
On the Colorado defense:
“They were nice and tight and hard for us to break down. They would drop off and present a nice wall of four.”
On his team:
“We are a younger group and it’s a process. We are still learning about our group and the psychology of our group. l take a lot of positives out of today’s game. We dominated possession, but it’s not about that, it’s about putting it in the net. We have to be more effective in the final third.”
• TCU saw its 13-match non-conference regular season win streak snapped in the loss.
• TCU’s shutout streak to open the season ended at 212:16.
• TCU outshot its opponent for the third straight game.
• Tijana Djuricek, Emma Heckendorn and Natalee Heiser tied for the team lead with three shots each.
• Kayla Hill and Ryan Williams played in their home state of Colorado for the first time in their careers.
• Cachet Lue, Tijana Djuricek, Tyan Williams and Karitas Tomasdottir played the entirety of the match.
TCU (2-1-0) wraps up its road trip Sunday afternoon at Northern Colorado. Game time against the Bears is set for 2 p.m. (CT).