TCU Falters in 1-0 Loss to Oklahoma
Oct. 18, 2013
"I thought in the first half, we didn't play the type of soccer we wanted," said head coach Eric Bell. "We were better in the second half, but still not good enough."
Arnold stood tall in net for the Horned Frogs in the first half as she made three saves. Oklahoma (4-10-1, 1-4-0 Big 12) outshot the TCU 6-1 in the half. The Sooners pushed the ball early in the half, forcing Arnold to make a pair of saves in the first eight minutes of the match.
With 25 minutes left in the half, Kristen Barg made a strong run down the far side. She sent a cross through the box, but OU goalkeeper Kassidie Stade cut off the pass and sent the Sooners down the field.
TCU's lone opportunity of the first half came off the foot of Meghan Murphy. She found herself alone with the ball just outside the 18-yard box, but her shot sailed high over the goal and out of danger.
Both teams got off to a slow start to open the second half, but Oklahoma was able to capitalize on the first opportunity it was presented. TCU was whistled for a foul to the left of the goal, just outside the 18-yard box. Oklahoma's Abby Hodgen took the direct kick and sent a low shot toward goal that snuck through the traffic and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Arnold came up huge on a pair of Sooner chances as they pushed for the insurance goal. Off a corner kick, Arnold found the ball in traffic on a header from Paige Jacobs. Two minutes later she made a leaping grab on a shot from Hodgen that was ticketed for the upper part of the goal.
TCU found its legs in the middle portion of the second half as it pushed for the game-tying goal. Maddie Payne found herself with a couple of opportunities to fire a shot on net. Both of her attempts were blocked out of danger by the Oklahoma defense in the 73rd minute.
With 10 minutes left in regulation, the Frogs dominated play as they desperately tried to get the equalizer. The Frogs carried the ball deep into their offensive zone. Kelly Johnson sent a shot on net that was saved by Stroud. Bobbi Clemmer was lurking, waiting for a rebound. She got the bounce she was looking for but Stroud saved the ball before it crossed the line to preserve the shutout.
Three minutes later, Johnson again found herself with a golden opportunity, but her header was blocked out of danger. The header produced a corner kick for TCU and the Frogs almost made it count but Johnson's header was corralled by Stroud.
TCU falls to 5-8-3 overall and 1-4-1 in Big 12 play. The Frogs will host Iowa State next Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.