Soccer Plays To 1-1 Draw At Baylor
Oct. 3, 2014
"Tough environment to play in and a tough opponent to play against, but I thought our kids performed valiantly," said head coach Eric Bell. "We fought like crazy and gave ourselves a chance to come away with a victory."
Arnold was huge in goal as she stopped eight of the nine shots that came her way, including four in the final 65 minutes of play. Baylor outshot the Frogs 19-9 and 9-5 in shots on goal.
"I think that there aren't any secrets once you get into conference play," said Bell. "Now it becomes a chess match. I thought the tactics we had in this game were very good. I'm proud of the way the kids fought. We're getting better and we are going to get some results soon. I'm not worried at all."
TCU made the early push downfield and Michelle Prokof tested the Baylor keeper just two minutes into the contest. Michelle Kloss was equal to the task as she made a diving stop.
Baylor turned the action upfield and capitalized in the 13th minute. A corner kick from Justine Hovden set off flurry of activity in the six-yard box. The TCU defense was trying to prevent another corner, but Precious Akanyirige came in, stole the ball and sent a perfect cross right to Bri Campos, who tapped in the opening goal.
The Frogs immediately pushed back. Lauren Sajewich had a pair of opportunities that went just wide of the goal. On the defensive side, Arnold came up with three huge saves to keep the deficit at one.
TCU finally got the equalizer in the 44th minute. Baylor was whistled for a foul just inside the Frogs' offensive zone. Bobbi Clemmer sent a long feed into the six-yard box that was misplayed by the Baylor defensive corps. Makenzie Koch was there to clean up the bouncing ball as she headed it into a wide-open net, tying the match at one.
In the second half, TCU fought off five corner kicks from Baylor. Arnold needed to make just two saves, both of which came early in the half.
The Frogs had a golden opportunity to break the tie with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Eryn Spencer was hauled down in the penalty area, setting up a penalty kick. Jill Finnerty took the kick, but her shot ricocheted straight down off the crossbar. Her rebound attempt went right into the waiting hands of the Baylor keeper.
Baylor had the best opportunity in the first overtime. Pressure late in the period by the Bears saw Campos take a shot in tight. A deflection by the TCU defense helped the ball go just wide of the goal.
Emma Heckendorn's turnaround shot in the 105th minute was TCU best chance in the extra time, but Kloss was there to make the stop. Arnold stopped two to preserve the tie.
With the tie, TCU is now 7-4-2 overall and 0-1-2 in league play. The Frogs will return to the pitch a week from tonight at Oklahoma State.
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