Frogs Conference Championship Hopes Take Big Hit With 2-1 OT Loss To USF
Oct. 26, 2003
Tampa, Fla. - Just 2:27 into overtime, USF's Jenny Mulvihill headed in the game-winning goal, sending the TCU Horned Frogs to their second straight loss on the road. The Frogs chance for an outright conference championship took a big hit this weekend with the two losses as their conference record now stands at 6-3 and leaves them a game back of Marquette for first place.
The battle between the two teams began early in the half, as the Horned Frogs dodged a bullet just 21 seconds in when the team made a save preventing an early USF goal. Just five minutes later, Amy Van Zandt found herself to be the recipient of a USF attempt to clear the ball and with just goalkeeper Breck Bankester to beat, she took the shot, only to see Bankester make a diving stop to keep the Frogs scoreless.
USF finally connected in the 27th minute Rachel Thjome blasted a shot that beat Frogs goalkeeper Katie Buchanan, giving the Bulls a 1-0 lead. TCU appeared to have tied the game in the 35th minute, on a Cara Toulouse shot, but the goal was waved off on an offsides call against TCU.
The two teams battled the rest of the half, but despite taking eight shots in the period, six on goal, TCU couldn't get the equalizer.
Both teams had golden opportunities in the second half to score, but couldn't find the back of the net. Ashley Fortune took a shot that bounced off the crossbar in the 64th minute, but she finally hit paydirt in the 78th minute as Fortune blasted a shot from inside the box off of a Laura Greenberg cross, knotting the game at one apiece.
The battle continued the rest of the half, but neither team could get the go-ahead goal and the game went into overtime. Early in the overtime period, USF took advantage of a corner kick as Katie Reed sent the ball into the masses and found the head of Mulvihill who headed it past Buchanan for the game-winner.
TCU outshot the Bulls 13-12 in the game, including 9-3 in the shots on goal category, but couldn't solve Bankester as she was there to make eight stops.
TCU, now 8-8-1 overall and 6-3-0 in C-USA action, return home for their final match of the regular season. The Memphis Tigers come calling on Friday, October 31. Game time for the match has been changed from 2:00 to 3:00 at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.
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