TCU Plays To 0-0 Tie With #13 West Virginia
Sept. 26, 2014
"Hat's off to West Virginia, they are a good team," said head coach Eric Bell. "I think we are a pretty good team, too. We battled tough for 110 minutes like they did and gave ourselves an opportunity in the second overtime to win the match a couple times. I'm proud of our group for battling and giving it everything they possibly could to get a clean sheet. If we continue to do this, I like our chances."
Despite allowing 29 shots in the match, the TCU backline did a good job keeping the shots to distance and allowing Arnold to see the ones on goal. The senior goalkeeper made one save in the first period and six in the second half. She needed to make just one in the overtime periods.
"Vittoria (Arnold) has been steady and consistent," said Bell. "I think that you have to give credit to her, but also to the people that are in front of her. It's not just her, but she get's all the credit for it and rightly so, but it's organization, communication and willingness to fight in front of her to make sure the things she is trying to catch are easier for her to see."
A slow start to the match saw just one shot in the first 17 minutes, but that opportunity belonged to Emma Heckendorn. Her shot from the top of the 18-yard box was blocked out of danger by the Mountaineer defense.
West Virginia took control of the half, but strong defense from the back line of Ryan Williams, Meghan Murphy, Lauren Sajewich, Bobbi Clemmer and Brooke Ingram kept the majority of the 12 shots allowed to outside the 18-yard box.
TCU dodged a bullet in the 33rd minute as West Virginia worked the ball inside the six-yard box. The ball found its way to the foot of Michaela Abram who looked to have an open net to shoot at only to see it go just over the crossbar and out of danger.
In the 58th minute, a flurry of activity saw three consecutive shots from the Mountaineers. Amandine Pierre-Louis hit the crossbar setting off a bustle of activity in the six-yard box. Clemmer saved a goal before Sajewich blocked the rebound attempt to keep the game scoreless.
The Frogs turned the field in their favor in the middle portion of the half, but strong runs and crosses were cut off by the Mountaineer defense. Only Jill Finnerty was able to crack the defense but her shot from the top of the 18-yard box was corralled by Hannah Steadman.
TCU had the better of the opportunities in the overtime sessions, but couldn't solve the Mountaineer defense. Two corner kicks were foiled by the West Virginia defense. A late rush downfield saw Steadman misplay a cross feed, but Heckendorn's attempt to knock the ball into the open net was blocked away by a Mountaineer defender.
With the tie, TCU's record moves to 7-3-1 overall and 0-0-1 in Big 12 play. The Frogs will wrap up a busy September Sunday afternoon when they host No. 18 Kansas. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest+.
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