TCU Women Earn Fifth Tie of Season
Oct. 19, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - After having their match postponed due to bad weather on Friday, the TCU Horned Frogs (2-9-5, 1-4-2 C-USA) and South Florida Bulls (5-7-2, 1-4-2 C-USA) locked horns in a classic battle on Saturday morning. The game ended in a 3-3 tie on a soggy Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium turf which had taken in nearly four inches of water in a 24-hour period.
The Horned Frogs posted the first goal of the day in the 13th minute, when Brianne Yeary centered the ball to Laura Greenberg. Greenberg settled the ball just outside the six-yard box and drilled the shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. It was the fifth goal of the season for the sophomore, who is now tied for the team lead in goals scored.
South Florida evened the match in the 28th minute when Jenny Mulvihill played a ball to the left side to Aleia Long, who struck a left-footed shot from 12 yards out that glanced off the crossbar and into the netting. The Bulls took the advantage late in the half when Tia Opliger scored the first of her two goals after receiving a ball from Katie Reed and one-timing it into the TCU goal from five yards away to give South Florida a 2-1 lead into intermission.
The Horned Frogs were able to tie the match less than five minutes into the second half when a pair of freshmen hooked up. Yeary picked up her second assist of the match when she played the ball to Elizabeth Walsh, who scored her fourth goal of the season from close range.
The Bulls seemed to put the game away in the 85th minute when Opliger took a ball near midfield from Rachel Thjomoe and dribbled down the center of the field unmarked. Opliger then cracked a lining shot from 25 yards out that sailed over TCU goalkeeper Ruth DeJong and into the net.
But with just 32 seconds remaining in regulation, the Horned Frogs tied the match off a corner kick. Greenberg took the corner and sent the ball into the middle of the box. Cara Toulouse fended off several South Florida defenders and headed the ball past USF goalkeeper Breck Bankester to knot the score at 3-3.
The Horned Frogs outshot the Bulls 4-1 in the overtime periods, and had a 24-14 advantage for the match, but TCU was unable to break the tie. Instead, the Frogs recorded their fifth draw of the season, extending their school-record total. DeJong made three saves on the afternoon, while Bankester was forced to stop seven shots.
TCU plays its final home game of the season on Mon., Oct. 21 against Hawaii at 4:00 p.m. It is Senior Day for TCU, the last home match for Nicole Carman, Brenda DeRose, Sherry Dick, Alecia Grieshaber and Lori Robbins.