Women's Soccer Falls to Charlotte 3-1
Sept. 22, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs (1-5-3, 0-1-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead against the unbeaten Charlotte 49ers (6-0-1, 1-0-1) on Sunday afternoon, but the Frogs were unable to hang on, and suffered a 3-1 defeat in Conference USA action at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.
TCU had several quality chances in the early going, including a 25-yard blast from freshman Moran Lavi that hit the crossbar. The ball caromed down to the ground, but was ruled to have not crossed the goal line. However, just minutes later, fellow freshman Elizabeth Walsh scored her first career goal to put the Frogs on top in the 18th minute. Walsh, stationed in the center of the penalty area, received a cross from senior Nicole Carman and one-timed the ball just inside the near post past Charlotte goalkeeper Lauren Dansby.
But the lead lasted just a total of four minutes as Charlotte's Leslie Canales took advantage of a miscue in the TCU backfield and bounced a shot into the goal from 10 yards out. The teams went into intermission with a 1-1 score, despite the fact that TCU outshot the 49ers by an 11-5 margin. The Frogs, who came out aggressively, also had seven corner kicks in the stanza, six more than Charlotte.
Chances were plentiful for both teams in the second half, but Charlotte was able to convert. In the 66th minute, Shannon Roberto took a quick throw-in from near the midline and found Jenna Brenes, who played the ball into the right corner. Brenes then crossed the ball to a waiting Lindsay Duncan, who scored off her right foot from inside the penalty area. The shot would eventually prove to be the game-winner.
The 49ers tacked on an important insurance goal in the 74th minute off a set piece. Tiffany Ross took a corner kick from the right flag and sent a bending ball into the six-yard box to a leaping Kim Moore, who headed the ball into the upper portion of the goal.
TCU goalkeeper Ruth DeJong collected three saves on the afternoon, while Dansby made four stops. The shot attempts for the game were even at 18.
TCU's next match is at Conference USA foe Cincinnati on Friday, Sept. 27. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. (CT). The next home match is against crosstown rival and top-25 SMU on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 4:00 p.m.