Rice Holds On For 1-0 Win Over TCU
Oct. 10, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs dropped their final non-conference game of the season by a 1-0 score on Sunday afternoon. The Rice Owls scored early off of a corner kick and Owls goalkeeper Lauren Shockley made the lead stand up for her eight shut out of the season. Katie Buchanan came on in the second half and made five saves to keep the game within reach for the Frogs.
On a wet, soggy field, the Frogs and the Owls got off to an offensive start as both teams had some excellent scoring opportunities early on. Just two minutes into the game, Becky MacAllister took a shot that bounced straight down off the crossbar. Samantha Conn was there for the rebound, but buried it in the gut of TCU goalkeeper Ashley Pierret to end the scoring threat.
The Frogs answered right back with a scoring opportunity of their own. Cara Toulouse took a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and out of danger. A minute later, Toulouse took a shot that drifted high over the back of the net out of danger.
The story of the game was the amount of corner kicks the TCU defense allowed the Owls. Rice had nine corners to the Frogs two. They made one of them count in the 13th minute. Ashley Anderson took the corner for the Owls and placed it perfectly for Conn. Conn took the header and beat Pierret to give Rice the 1-0 lead.
The Frogs had some opportunities to get back in the game, but the Rice defense forced the Frogs to take some tough angle shots. Three of the Frogs seven shots on the afternoon were on goal.
Buchanan had an outstanding half in goal as she tried to help the Frogs come from behind. She made five stops in the frame, all of which were wide open shots for the Owls. She challenged every shot she face and corralled the ones heading into the goal.
The Frogs offense was shut down in the second half as they only managed two shots.
The Frogs, 5-8-0 overall, will hit the road for two key Conference USA matches next weekend. TCU will face Marquette Friday night at 7:00 then head to Chicago for a Sunday match-up with Depaul. Game time in Chicago is set for noon.
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