TCU Falters in 2-1 Loss to No. 21 West Virginia
Sept. 28, 2012
FORT WORTH - The TCU Horned Frogs took an early lead in the contest, but couldn't hold on as No. 21 West Virginia handed the Frogs a 2-1 loss in its first-ever Big 12 match. Makenzie Koch tallied the lone goal of the game for TCU.
"We have to do a better job of keeping the ball," said head coach Eric Bell. "It would seem that we aren't getting in good spots to get angles and distances from people that have the ball. The people that have the ball have to carry it better than they did tonight in order to beat teams like this."
West Virginia fired off 15 shots in the first half, but a team effort deep in the defensive zone limited the Mountaineers to just four shots on goal in the half.
"They are pretty athletic and dangerous. We did our best to keep them in front of us. It was pretty challenging," commented Bell.
The Mountaineers Kara Blosser headed a shot that sailed high over the goal, setting up a goal kick for Vittoria Arnold. Her kick started a TCU push downfield and the ball eventually worked its way to the foot of Kelly Johnson. She blasted the ball from 10 yards behind the penalty box. Her shot proved difficult for Mountaineer goalkeeper Sara Keane to handle and Koch was there to clean up the rebound, knocking it in for a 1-0 lead.
"We were able to keep the ball early in the game and it was an opportunity for Kelly (Johnson) to have strike on goal from distance and she hit it hard and low and the keeper had problems holding on to it and luckily Makenzie (Koch) was there to bang it in," said Bell.
West Virginia immediately went on the attack as it pushed hard to get the game knotted at 1-1. The Mountaineers earned seven corner kicks. TCU defended the kicks, forcing a number of shots to sail high and wide of the goal.
A foul by the Horned Frogs in the 41st minute proved to the breaking point as it set up a free kick deep in the defensive zone. The feed across the box found its way to Mallory Smith who knocked it over to a wide-open Amanda Hill. She tapped it over a diving Arnold to tie the game at one.
Early pressure in the second half by the Mountaineers resulted in the go-ahead goal just six minutes into the half. West Virginia worked the ball deep in the six yard box and Bri Rodriguez fired off a shot that was blocked by a TCU defender. A minute later the ball found its way to Bry McCarthy who crossed it back across the box where Rodriguez was there to head it in for the 2-1 lead.
TCU pushed hard to get the equalizer and had a few good opportunities but the West Virginia defense swarmed the goal in an effort to keep the ball out of the net. TCU's best chance to get the match knotted at two came in the 67th minute. Johnson turned and fired a shot towards the goal, but it was blocked out of danger. Monica Alvarado was there to try and clean up the rebound, but Keane smothered the shot.
In the 78th minute, the Frogs pushed the ball downfield and the ball worked its way to an open Maddy Courvoisier. She beat her defender, but her shot sailed high over the crossbar and out of danger.
TCU falls to 5-5-1 overall and 0-1-0 in Big 12 play. The Frogs stay home and host Kansas Sunday afternoon. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.