Frogs Battle Their Way To 3-2 Win Over Saint Louis
Sept. 28, 2003
Fort Worth, Texas - Karissa Hill picked up her first career goal in the second half to lead the TCU Horned Frogs to a 3-2 conference win over first-place Saint Louis on Sunday. The Frogs played from behind for most of the first half, but scored the game-winning goal early in the second half and held on for the one-goal victory. Katie Buchanan was huge in goal for the Frogs, making four saves.
The Frogs and Billikens played a wild first half that saw a combined four goals scored. Saint Louis had a lot of chances, as they outshot TCU 9-2. The Billikens finally put the ball in the net in the 17th minute. Jamie Perry came streaking down the sideline and fed a pass to Courtney Hulcer that she crossed over to Dee Guempel. Guempel took a shot that sailed into the top left-hand corner for the first goal of the game.
The Frogs answered eight minutes later when Tressa Pecher was whistled for a foul just outside the goal box. Jessi Moore took the direct kick and buried it in the upper right hand corner for the equalizer. The Billikens didn't let the goal stop them as they continued their dominance and ten minutes later they picked up the go-ahead goal. The Billkens were awarded a corner kick that was taken by Tara Gresco. Gresco put the kick in the goal box that Anny Lucier head to her teammate Kelly Ferguson. Ferguson in turn headed the ball back to Lucier, who knocked the ball into the goal.
TCU kept battling and picked up the equalizer two minutes later, when Kim Thompson connected for her first career goal. Moore stole the ball from the Billikens and fed the ball to space and Thompson took a booming shot that curved into the upper right hand corner for the Horned Frogs second goal of the game. The two teams battled the rest of the half to a 2-2 tie.
The Frogs came out strong in the second half and didn't take long to take the lead. With the ball deep in the Billikens half of the field, the two teams battled for control, finally Jenny Swanson got control and passed it to a wide-open Hill, who boomed the shot from 20-yards out and over the goalkeeper's head for the go-ahead goal.
The Frogs kept pushing for the insurance goal, outshooting the Billikens in the second-half, 6-4, but goalkeeper Lyndsay Gensler made two saves, keeping the contest a one-goal game. Overall, Saint Louis outshot the Frogs, 13-8.
With the win, the Frogs are now 5-4-1 overall and 3-1-0 in Conference USA action. TCU will take a break from conference action as they head to California for a pair of non-conference matches in Palo Alto, Calif. TCU will face Loyola-Marymount on Friday at 7:00 and Santa Clara on Sunday at 3:00.