TCU Steals 1-0 Win Over Houston Baptist
Sept. 14, 2012
FORT WORTH - The TCU Horned Frogs controlled play for the majority of the match, but it was an own goal by Houston Baptist that gifted the Frogs a 1-0 victory Friday night. Vittoria Arnold made five saves to pick up her second straight shutout.
"I think we created enough chances to score a bunch of goals but to come away with only one is not quite good enough," said head coach Eric Bell. "Against better teams, we are going to have to make sure that we get more lethal in front of the goalie and take care of business. Give credit to them for hanging around as long as they did and making it hard on us, but we have to be better."
The Frogs took control of the match early, earning a pair of corner kicks in the first three minutes of the match. Brittany Slyman had the first opportunity with a turnaround shot at the top of the penalty box, but her shot was blocked by a Huskie defender.
Kelly Johnson was all over the place as she collected seven shots in the game, three of which found their way on goal. She first tested Huskie goalkeeper Shelby Horn in the 15th minute as she headed a Bobbi Clemmer corner kick off the hands of Horn.
The Frogs best opportunity of the first half came with less than two minutes to go as Carly Bowen fed the ball to a streaking Lindsy Schafer. Her cross field blast was knocked out of danger by a diving Horn to set up the Frogs seventh corner of the half.
TCU controlled the play from the opening kick of the second half, outshooting Houston Baptist, 12-3. All three of the Huskies shots were on goal, but each time Arnold was there to casually collect the ball, eliminating any chance at a rebound opportunity.
Johnson continued to find herself in good position to put shots on the net, but each time Horn was there to foil her attempts. A corner kick from Clemmer in the 57th minute landed right at the feet of Johnson, but both of her shot attempts were knocked away by Horne.
Madeline Hamm had a golden opportunity on a misplay by the Huskies to break the scoreless tie, but her turnaround shot sailed just over the crossbar.
TCU finally found a stroke of luck as a miscue by the Huskies ended up in the back of the net. Hamm corralled the ball at the top of the penalty box and made a strong feed across the box to a waiting Rebekah Foreman. She blasted a shot towards the net that was knocked down by a defender. Attempting to clear the ball, the ball ricocheted off her feet and into the back of the net for an own goal and a 1-0 TCU lead with 18 minutes to go in the game.
Attempting to get the equalizer, Houston Baptist managed just one foray into Frog territory. Rebekah Tovar's bid to tie the game in the 87th minute was knocked away by Arnold and the Frogs held on for the win.
"I think our play off the line was good and the back four were pretty good," said Bell. "We nullified a lot of things they were trying to do and credit to the back line for doing a really good job."
TCU improves to 4-3-1 on the season. The Frogs will hit the road for a pair of matches beginning Sunday afternoon at North Texas. Match time against the Mean Green is set for 1 p.m.
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