TCU Drops 1-0 Decision at Oklahoma State
Oct. 10, 2014
"It was a tale of two halves for us," said head coach Eric Bell. "In the first half we were against wind and we struggled to get out of our half. We weren't doing anything constructive. In the second half, we had the wind and were able to do more. At the end of the day, we weren't as dangerous as we needed to be and we weren't as tough in front of the goal."
Oklahoma State took 19 shots in the match, seven of which found their way on goal. Vittoria Arnold notched six saves for the Horned Frogs. TCU picked up eight shots, three of which were on goal. Michelle Prokof and Patry Carrion led the Frogs with two shots each.
The Cowgirls had the early pressure in the match as they fired off four shots in the first seven minutes of the match. The TCU defense blocked two of the shots and forced the other two to go wide.
Prokof was the first player to test a goalkeeper as her shot from inside the 18-yard box was smothered by Rosa Medina in the 15th minute. The shot spurred a stretch that saw the Frogs earn a pair of corner kicks, but the Frogs were unable to get a shot off of either corner.
Oklahoma State turned the field in their favor in the 23rd minute and controlled the play for the next 15 minutes Arnold was called on to make a pair of saves, while the defense blocked a quartet of shots
The Cowgirls finally capitalized in the 36th minute as Madison Mercado converted on a long cross from Kelsey Bass to give Oklahoma State a 1-0 lead. Her header to the far post came from 12 yards out.
A defensive struggle in the second half saw the Frogs carry a lot of the play, but the shots were few and far between.
The Frogs made a late push as a shot by Emma Heckendorn was blocked in the 87th minute setting off a flurry of activity. A minute later, Jill Finnerty tried to clean up a loose ball inside the six-yard box, but Medina made the stop setting up back-to-back corner kicks. Prokof got a header off with 20 seconds to go, but Medina made the top to preserve the shutout.
The loss drops TCU to 7-5-2 overall and 0-2-2 in league play. The Frogs will wrap up a three-match road swing Sunday afternoon at Oklahoma. The match, set to begin at 1 p.m., will be televised on FSSW or FOX College Sports Central.
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