TCU Topples Texas Friday Night
Oct. 17, 2014
"I think our work-rate was quite good," said head coach Eric Bell. "Our kids were pretty fired up to play today. We talked about energy and work rate and what not and for 90 minutes they gave us that. We gave up a bad goal, but other than that, I thought we play a good defensive game. It's a huge win for us. We had a bunch of ties in conference play. We needed the three points and now we are sitting in a pretty good spot."
TCU survived an early onslaught from the Longhorns as Texas fired off six shots in the match's first 20 minutes. Arnold stood tall in goal with three saves and the defense forced the other three shots wide.
The Frogs eventually turned the field in its favor in the middle portion of the half. Good work on the end line helped the Frogs earn a corner kick. Taking her first career corner, Emma Heckendorn made it count as she sent a perfect cross to the back post and a waiting Makenzie Koch. Her header just cleared the goal line for a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute.
Texas got a good look at tying the game in the 39th minute on a long, rising shot from Olivia Brooks. Arnold timed her jump perfectly and punched it over the back of the net for her fourth save of the match.
Out of halftime, the Frogs immediately went on the attack. Texas took the opening kick, but the Frogs gained possession and pushed forward. Michelle Prokof carried the ball down the line and executed a give-and-go with Heckendorn, who's low shot beat the Longhorn keeper for a 2-0 lead just 14 seconds into the half.
"We did the same thing we were doing in the first half," said Bell of the early second half goal. "The kick off came to us and we were able to counter and score. It was a big goal for us and a deflating moment for them."
The Longhorns pushed back trying to get a goal to get back into the match, but a save and a blocked shot by the defense right after the goal kept the Frogs two-goal lead in tact.
TCU hit paydirt again in the 54th minute to open up a commanding 3-0 lead. Prokof took a Texas clearing attempt about 40 yards from goal. She fed Jill Finnerty in space and the freshman picked up the ball, worked her way around a Longhorn defender and sent an on-target cross to the back post and a waiting Eryn Spencer. Her header sailed past the Longhorn keeper for the third goal of the match.
Four minutes after TCU's third goal, the Longhorns broke up the shutout. Kelsey Shimmick worked the ball into the six-yard box and found a wide-open Chantale Campbell, who was there for the tap-in, cutting TCU's lead to two, 3-1.
Needing to get back in the contest, the Longhorns continued to push the attack. They pumped shot after shot toward net, but the defense forced numerous high shots and kept the Longhorn attackers away from the six-yard box. Arnold made three saves and the defense blocked three more shots in the final 30 minutes to earn the win.
With the victory, TCU improves to 8-5-3 overall and 1-2-3 in Big 12 play. The Frogs will wrap up their home schedule Sunday afternoon when they host Texas Tech. The match will be televised on FSSW at 1 p.m.
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