No. 18 Kansas Halts TCU's Unbeaten Streak
Sept. 28, 2014
"Credit to Kansas for winning the game. I thought the goals they scored were pretty good and we weren't good enough in those situations," said head coach Eric Bell. "On the other side, I thought after they scored we had much of the game and did a lot of things right. We created a lot of goal-scoring situations and didn't give up a lot. I'm proud of the group for making an effort to do that, but we're going to have to sharpen up some things at the beginning of the game so we don't have to do that."
The effort was there, but the Frogs couldn't solve Jayhawk goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud. TCU outshot Kansas 15-11, put seven shots on net and took 10 corners only to be foiled at every turn. Meghan Murphy did yeoman's work in tight with six shots in the game, but three were corralled by Stroud.
"You can learn from winning and you can learn from losing," said Bell. "Hopefully it serves as a notice for the group that every time you walk on the field you have to be prepared to play a full 90 minutes and not just 70 or 60. I hope we learn from it and we rebound and get ready for our next game."
Kansas capitalized on its first two scoring opportunities with the first one coming in the seventh minute. Liana Salazar made a strong run down the right sideline and crossed the ball into the six-yard box and right to the foot of Jamie Fletcher who knocked it past a diving Vittoria Arnold for a 1-0 lead.
TCU responded trying to get the equalizer. Michelle Prokof's hard work on the end line earned TCU a corner and her feed was on target but Murphy's shot was wide.
The Jayhawks turned the field back in their favor and earned a corner kick in the 13th minute. Jackie Georgoulis sent a strike into the box and Kayla Morrison was there for the header and a 2-0 lead.
From there it was all TCU. The Frogs pushed hard the remaining 32 minutes to get on the board. Prokof found Murphy again on a corner kick feed in the 20th minute, but her shot popped up over the crossbar and out of danger.
A spirited second half saw TCU outshoot Kansas 7-6 with four of those shots on goal. An early corner kick saw the Frogs get two golden looks on net, but one shot went just wide and Stroud hauled in the other.
Arnold made the only stop of the half she needed to in the 54th minute. A long feed into the 18-yard box found the foot of a streaking Taylor Estrada, but Arnold made a diving stop to keep the deficit at two.
TCU continued to push, earning four corner kicks in the final 38 minutes. In addition to the corners, the Frogs were able to keep the ball in the attacking third of the field to earn some quality throw-ins. Koch did her part with strong kicks and throws, but the Jayhawk defense stood tall, limiting the shots on goal.
TCU falls to 7-4-1 overall and 0-1-1 in Big 12 play. The Frogs will hit the road for three straight matches beginning Friday night at Baylor. Match time in Waco is slated for 7 p.m.
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