TCU Wins In Thrilling Fashion Over No. 25 Arkansas
Sept. 15, 2013
"We talk a lot about making sure we compete for the entire game and I thought today we did so," said head coach Eric Bell. "We made it really difficult for them to score. I'm really happy with the effort more than anything else. Our kids willingness to fight for the entire game was good. I think we played more direct than we normally do. We did well taking advantage of our opportunities and scoring a couple of goals against a quality opponent."
Making just her second career start, freshman goalkeeper Shannon Coffer turned in a solid performance. She faced 15 Arkansas shots and stopped six of the seven on goal to hand the Razorbacks their first loss of the season.
"I thought Shannon did a very good job between the pipes," said Bell. "She kept us in the game and had some big time saves. She came up with some long balls that were played in behind our back line."
After dominating the majority of the first overtime, the Frogs were rewarded in the opening minute of the second overtime. TCU pushed the ball deep into its offensive zone and earned a throw in. Koch's throw to the box was on target. Meghan Murphy flicked the ball to Carrion who beat her defender and shot the game winner into the open net.
Arkansas came out with a purpose in the second half and earned the early 1-0 lead nine minutes in. The Razorbacks battled low and kept the ball inside the penalty area. Rachel Riggs fought off her defender and worked the ball to Lindsey Mayo who scored to get Arkansas on the board.
The Frogs picked up the fight and continued to create chances. Maddy Courvoisier fired off a pair of shots that were blocked away by the Razorback defense. Koch and Rebekah Foreman each tested Arkansas goalkeeper Cameron Carter but she was there for the save.
TCU's hard work paid off in the 81st minute as the Frogs knotted the game at one. Brittany Slyman did yeoman's work inside the penalty area, battling with her defender to work the ball to a sprinting Koch. Her feed was true and Koch blasted the shot into the upper portion of the net.
TCU and Arkansas played a scoreless first half, but it wasn't for lack of chances. The Frogs carried a 6-5 shot advantage into the break, but Arkansas was able to put a pair of shots on goal.
A solid push upfield by Brittany Slyman earned TCU a pair of corner kicks 10 minutes into the match. Slyman was the recipient of one of the corners as she found herself open at the top of the 18-yard box. Her shot was deflected away by the Razorback defense. Four minutes later, Madeline Hamm made a strong run down the sideline, but her shot missed just right of the goal.
Kelly Johnson and Michelle Prokof had the two best chances for TCU as they found themselves with time and space to the right of the keeper. Johnson's shot sailed just high over the crossbar as did Prokof's.
Arkansas came on late in the half, trying to create some opportunities to get on the board before the half. A corner kick from Allie Tripp was right on target, but Ashleigh Ellenwood's header was blocked by the TCU defense. Kayla Peterson took the rebound and sent it just high over the crossbar.
Coffer was called on to make her first save of the match with 11 minutes remaining as she hauled in Hailey Pescatore's long distance shot. Ten minutes later she made a diving stop on a shot taken by Kayla Peterson.
The Horned Frogs improve to 3-4-1 overall. TCU will remain home for its final two non-conference matches of the season next weekend. First up will be a Friday visit from NCAA Tournament participant, Denver. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal.