UAB Women Outlast TCU 5-3
Oct. 13, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs broke out of their scoring slump, netting three goals, but the UAB Blazers (6-7-1, 3-3-0 C-USA) tallied five of their own in an offensive-minded Conference USA women's soccer match on Sunday afternoon at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. The 5-3 loss for the Frogs puts the team's record at 2-9-4 overall and 1-4-1 in C-USA.
UAB scored early and often en route to a 3-0 lead, as three of the Blazers' first four shot attempts found the back of the Frogs' goal. The Blazers jumped on top in the 7th minute when Jill Knottek scored the first of her two goals off a centering pass from Liz Bosscher. Tara Kidwell, who had three assists and one goal, set up the play with a cross to the middle of the field.
The Blazers added another goal just six minutes later when Adrienne Suffridge scored on a chip shot from point-blank range. Knottek and Kidwell assisted on the play. UAB increased its lead to 3-0 in the 23rd minute when Knottek scored once again, this time off a direct pass from Kidwell.
TCU was able to get on the board and narrow the gap to two in the 24th minute when Laura Greenberg sent a perfect corner kick to the center of the six-yard box to a leaping Cara Toulouse, who headed the ball in for her first goal of the season. Greenberg's assist was her third of the season, tying her for the team lead in that category. But UAB bounced back less than five minutes later when Suffridge tallied her second goal of the match. Bosscher picked up her second assist of the game on the play.
Freshman Elizabeth Walsh recorded one of the Frogs' best goals of the year in the 31st minute when she intercepted a UAB pass in the backfield, turned, and rifled a shot from 22 yards away that tucked just inside the far post and into the side netting to make the score 4-2 prior to halftime. Neither goalkeeper had a save in the first half, as the only save of the stanza came when TCU's Moran Lavi cleared away a UAB shot just before the ball crossed the line into an empty net.
The second half didn't provide as many goals, but there were plenty of chances for both sides. UAB scored a crucial goal just over four minutes into the second half when Kidwell headed the ball in after receiving a pass from Suffridge.
In the 79th minute, the Horned Frogs scored the final goal of the match when freshman Brianne Yeary played a short ball to Toulouse, who re-directed the ball into the goal. Toulouse became the second TCU player this season, joining Nicole Carman, to have two goals in a game.
The eight combined goals were the most in a TCU match since the Frogs defeated Stephen F. Austin 9-0 on Sept. 20, 1997. In addition, the five goals allowed were the most by a TCU team since a 6-0 defeat at the hands of fourth-rated North Carolina on Sept. 24, 2000. The three goals for the Frogs tied as the second-most scored by the team this year.
TCU continues Conference USA play on Fri., Oct. 18 when the Horned Frogs host South Florida at 3:00 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal. The Horned Frogs' final home game of the season is Mon., Oct. 21 against Hawaii.