Oct. 22, 2017
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –
No. 8 West Virginia tallied a goal in each half on the way to a 2-0 win over TCU Sunday afternoon in Morgantown. The Horned Frogs were limited to just three shots in the game.
West Virginia carried the play early in the match and eventually capitalized on a corner kick in the 31st minute. Emily Alvarado made a diving stop on a ball ticketed for the far post setting up the corner kick. Bianca St. Georges’ feed was on target for Ali Magaletta, who headed in the opening goal.
TCU found some traction late in the first half as it tried to even things up. Yazmeen Ryan had some quality runs and was eventually able to break free for a shot from distance that went just wide of the goal.
In the second half, TCU came out with a spark, earning an early corner kick. The feed eventually worked its way to the foot of McKenzie Oliver, but her shot from the top of the 18 sailed high.
West Virginia found an insurance goal in the 71st minute as a Mountaineer was fouled inside the six-yard box. Michaela Abam took the penalty kick for WVU. Her shot ricocheted off the post and in for a 2-0 lead.
Stat of the Game
2 – TCU allowed two goals in the game for just the third time this season.
Quotes of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
On the game:
“I credit West Virginia. They did a good job. We didn’t bring our best effort. Against a team like them, we have to bring our A-game to give ourselves a chance to win. We took a couple steps back and that’s the result we get.”
The early momentum in the second half:
“We had a chat at halftime and came out a little more aggressive. I think it helped us, but we still have to be able to play soccer. We weren’t good enough in those areas. We’ll go back to the drawing board, get better and learn from this.”
• TCU was outshot for just the fifth time this season.
• TCU allowed a second half goal for just the second time this year.
• TCU was shutout for just the third time this season.
• McKenzie Oliver led the Frogs with two shots in the match.
• Cachet Lue, Tijana Djuricek and Ariana Owens played the entirety of the match.
TCU (11-5-1, 5-2-1 Big 12) concludes the regular season Friday night when it hosts Baylor at 7 p.m. The Horned Frogs will honor six seniors prior to the contest.