TCU Falls Short at Texas Tech
Oct. 4, 2013
"We didn't give ourselves a chance in the first half," said head coach Eric Bell. "Not getting a shot off in the first half, we set ourselves up for failure competing against a team like Texas Tech in a tough environment."
Texas Tech played a dominating first half of soccer outshooting TCU 11-0 en route to a 2-0 lead heading into halftime. The match started out a defensive battle as neither team could find an opportunity for a shot.
The Red Raiders made strong pushes downfield early, but were thwarted by solid defensive plays from Meghan Murphy and Lauren Sajewich. Texas Tech finally broke through in the 19th minute as it scored on the game's first shot. Jaelene Hinkle got her cross through to Alli Murphy who pocketed her fourth goal of the season to give the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead.
TCU fought back to earn a corner kick a minute later, but Makenzie Koch's feed was punched out of danger by the Tech defense.
Texas Tech tilted the pitch back in its favor as it pushed to get the insurance goal. Arnold made a pair of saves, including a diving stop on a bid from Janine Beckie in the 34th minute.
The push from the Red Raiders eventually paid off in the 39th minute as Texas Tech capitalized on a corner kick. Murphy took the corner and fed Hannah Devine at the top of the penalty box. Devine's shot ricocheted off the crossbar and right to the foot of Maddy Crabtree who tapped it in for the 2-0 lead.
TCU came out stronger in the second half as it pushed to get on the board. Morgan Lane got the Frogs' first shot of the contest as she boomed a shot from distance that was swallowed by Victoria Esson in the 56th minute. Michelle Prokof followed with a shot that sailed just wide of the goal.
Maddy Courvoisier had the Frogs' best chance in the match with just over 10 minutes left to play. A save by Arnold sent TCU on the attack as it worked the ball downfield. Courvoisier took the feed at the top of the penalty box and sent a shot high that bounced just off the crossbar and out of danger.
"We learned lessons as far as our group is concerned tonight," said Bell. "We saw what we can do and what we can change to help make our group successful. We hope to do that Sunday against Oklahoma State."
TCU falls to 4-6-2 overall and 0-2-0 in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs will return home for a Sunday contest against Oklahoma State. Match time is slated for 1 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal. The contest will air live on FSSW.