TCU Blanks LSU 2-0
Sept. 5, 2014
FORT WORTH - A pair of second half goals from Michelle Prokof and Makenzie Koch combined with a five-save effort from Vittoria Arnold led TCU to a 2-0 win over LSU Friday night. The shutout was the second of the season for Arnold.
"I liked the way our group came out and competed for 90 minutes," said head coach Eric Bell. "It was a total team effort. We did really well in not giving a really talented team in LSU a lot of good, quality looks at goal. Credit to the whole team for getting the shutout."
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half, but it wasn't for lack of trying on either team's part. TCU outshot LSU 9-7 in the half, including a 5-3 edge in shots on goal. Tiger goalkeeper Lily Alfeld stopped all five shots that came her way, while Arnold, too, was equal to the task with three stops.
"We knew they were a good team and we were going to have to battle for 90 minutes," said Bell. "It was back and forth. I thought we had big chunks of the game where we had control. We scored on a couple set pieces, so it was good."
Allison Ganter provided the match's first shot on goal in the 16th minute. Her long-range shot was hauled in by Alfeld. Ten minutes later Jill Finnerty sent a long feed upfield and hit Emma Heckendorn in stride. The freshman's shot was true, but a diving Alfeld knocked the ball out of danger, setting up one of TCU's four corner kicks in the half.
TCU found itself with another golden opportunity to crack the scoreboard in the 33rd minute. Brittany Little had a wide-open look at the net from about 20 yards out. Her shot, ticketed for the upper portion of the goal, was hauled in before it crossed the line.
It didn't take long for the Frogs to finally hit paydirt in the second half. Good work to keep the ball deep in the offensive zone eventually paid off. Ganter hit Prokof at the top of the penalty box. She fought off a defender to open up for the shot and hammered it past the near post and a diving Alfeld for a 1-0 TCU lead.
The Frogs kept the pressure on as they fired off three more shots before finally cashing in again in the 61st minute. LSU was whistled for a foul near midfield setting up a free kick. Bobbi Clemmer took the free kick and fed a perfect ball into the penalty box. The ball grazed the head of Lauren Sajewich, helping it sneak past the LSU goalkeeper and right to the foot of a wide-open Koch who tapped in her second goal of the season for a 2-0 lead.
LSU's best chance to cut into the lead came just 30 seconds after the goal on a header in tight from Natalia Gomez-Junco. Nine minutes later Gomez-Junco again tested Arnold with a long shot ticketed for the upper portion of the goal. Arnold made a leaping save as she punched the ball over the top of the goal.
TCU improves to 2-3 overall. The Frogs will wrap up a four-match homestand Sunday night when they host Abilene Christian. First kick is set for 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal.
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