TCU Women Fall To No. 8 Texas A&M 3-0
Sept. 15, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs (1-4-2) came up on the short end of a 3-0 result to eighth-rated Texas A&M (3-3-0) on Sunday afternoon in Fort Worth. A throng of 1,723, which nearly tripled the previous stadium attendance record, was on hand at Garvey-Rosenthal to witness a hard-fought match.
The Horned Frogs hung in throughout the majority of the game, but the Aggies scored a pair of goals in the final 13 minutes of play to net the three-goal victory. It was the third time this season that the Frogs have been shut out, and the first shutout recorded by the Aggies this year.
"Our kids played with a lot of effort today," TCU head coach David Rubinson said. "If we play with the same amount of effort all year, we'll get our share of breaks. We're looking forward to starting the conference season. It's what really matters now."
A&M sophomore Emma Smith put the Aggies on top in the 41st minute with her first goal of the season when teammate Heather Ragsdale played the ball to a streaking Smith on the right side of the 18-yard box. After taking a couple of touches, Smith slid the ball past TCU goalkeeper Ruth DeJong inside the left post.
TCU's best chance of the game came late in the first half when freshman Moran Lavi lofted a ball over the Aggie defense to senior Lori Robbins. Robbins chased the ball down and took a shot from 10 yards out on the left side that she pushed past A&M goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak. However, the ball bounded off the inside of the left post and spun across the mouth of the goal, where Spisak was able to secure it.
The second half proved to be much the same, as scoring chances were hard to come by in the early going. However, Linsey Woodard broke through and increased the A&M lead to two with exactly 13 minutes left top play on the game clock off a corner kick from senior Juli Goin. Freshman Kate Ripple tacked on a goal in the 89th minute to account for the final score.
The Aggies outshot the Frogs by a count of 25-8 on the afternoon. Five of the Frogs' eight shots were on goal. DeJong played a solid game between the posts for TCU, coming up with eight saves, including a pair of diving stops.
TCU's next match is at home on Friday, Sept. 20 at 3:00 p.m. when the Frogs play East Carolina. It is the conference opener for the Horned Frogs