Oct. 2, 2015
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –
Michaela Abam’s goal in the 82nd minute broke a 1-1 tie and No. 3 West Virginia held on for a 2-1 win over TCU Friday night. The loss halts the Horned Frogs’ four-match winning streak.
West Virginia opened the score in the game’s second minute. Leah Emaus’ worked the ball deep into the offensive zone and found an open Ashley Lawrence, who tapped in her fourth goal of the season to the early lead.
The Frogs found the equalizer in the 27th minute as Michelle Prokof fed a through ball that deflected off the defender and right to Emma Heckendorn. The sophomore carried the ball into penalty area and beat the goalkeeper low and to the near post to tie the game at one.
In the second half, Coffer did yeoman’s work making four saves to keep the game tied, but a rebound in the 82nd minute proved costly. Abam was there to knock in the rebound off of Maggie Bedillion’s initial shot for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Stat of the Game
88 – Number of points scored by the Horned Frogs this season, tied for the fifth-most points in a season by a TCU team.
Quotes of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
“We are still a young team and I thought we showed some of our youth today. I still love our team. We are going to go back to the drawing board and get better. I told them we didn’t have the best performance tonight. I don’t think we showed them the best TCU has to offer. But, credit to West Virginia, they are a good team. We have a lot of respect for them.”
“Giving up the early goal, we were back on our heels a bit. We got our mojo back towards the end of the half and were able to score. We were right in it and gave ourselves at chance to win.”
“We need the break. We’ve playing two games a week for six weeks. Our kids are tired. Mentally and physically we are a little drained so the little break will be good for us.”
• Despite the loss, TCU has won eight of its last 10 and has outscored its opponents 27-4 in that stretch.
• With a goal and an assist in the game, TCU has tied the 1990 team for the fifth-most points scored in a season. That squad finished the season with 34 goals and 20 assists for 88 points.
• Emma Heckendorn notched her ninth career goal.
• Michelle Prokof tallied her second assist of the season and the eighth of her career.
• Shannon Coffer made a season-high seven saves in the game.
• TCU’s shutout streak came to an end at 365:53.
TCU (8-5-0, 2-1-0) will wrap up its three-game conference road swing next weekend with a pair of matches at Texas Tech on Friday and at Texas on Sunday. First kick in Lubbock is set for 7 p.m.