TCU Tripped Up By No. 18 UCF
Aug. 31, 2014
FORT WORTH - A pair of goals less than three minutes apart proved too much to overcome as TCU dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 18 UCF Sunday afternoon. Eryn Spencer led the Horned Frog attack with three shots.
"It was a tough first half for us for a lot of different reasons," said head coach Eric Bell. "At the end of the day, it wasn't a good enough effort or work rate by our group to give ourselves a chance. I think after the half we did much better but we still didn't score a goal. The effort was better. Now we need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how we can score goals."
The match was a tale of two halves for the Frogs, but it was the first half they couldn't overcome as the Knights built a 2-0 lead. TCU turned the field in its favor in the second half, outshooting UCF 8-2, but the Frogs couldn't get one in the net. Knight goalkeeper Connie Organ made the three saves she needed to preserve the shutout.
Spencer had the game's first scoring opportunity as she fired off a shot in the first minute. From there, it was all UCF as it pumped 12 shots towards the net.
The backline held the Knights in check for the first 30 minutes, but hard work deep in the offensive zone helped UCF earn a corner in the 33rd minute. Alex Piercy's feed was on target as she crossed the ball over the box and right to a waiting Jennifer Martin who angled a low shot over the line for a 1-0 lead.
Just three minutes later Carlin Huegli made a strong run down the field and hit Tatiana Coleman in stride. Her shot was identical to Martin's as she hit the low back corner to give the Knights a 2-0 advantage.
"I think we changed our mentality at the half and came out here with a little more fight and competed at a different level than we did in the first half," said Bell.
TCU turned the tides in the second half as it came out firing. Emma Heckendorn and Spencer each found themselves with early chances only see the ball miss its target. Madeline Hamm forced Organ into her first save of the match in the 59th minute off a corner kick feed from Spencer.
Four minutes later a strong run from Brooke Ingram set up another golden opportunity for the Frogs in tight. She beat her defender and sent a cross right to the foot of Kela Gray, but Organ was there to make the stop.
The Frogs looked like they had cut the lead in half in the 79th minute on a header by Michelle Prokof that went in the upper corner of the goal, but an offsides was called, negating the goal.
TCU falls to 1-3 overall. The Frogs will remain home for a pair of contests beginning Friday night against LSU. Kick time against the Tigers is set for 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal.
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