Oct. 28, 2016
Final Stats |
FORT WORTH –
Allison Ganter’s goal in the 63rd minute stood up as the game-winner as TCU earned a 3-2 victory Friday night in front of the third-largest crowd in program history. A crowd 2,667 fans packed the stadium for senior night.
An offensive first half saw three goals scored in the first 12:07 of the half and four total in the half. Courtney Hofer made four game-preserving saves after coming into the game in the 21st minute. All three stops in the second-half were good goal-scoring opportunities for the Longhorns.
TCU opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Karitas Tomasdottir intercepted a pass from the Longhorn backline and turned it into a 2-on-1. Her feed to Emma Heckendorn was on target, and the junior blasted it past the keeper for a 1-0 lead.
Texas responded just four minutes later. A corner kick feed from Julia Dyche was on target for Chelsea Surpris, who knocked home the goal from the top of the penalty area. Five minutes later, it was 2-1 Texas after Morgan Murphy cleaned up a mess inside the 6-yard box with her second goal of the season.
The Horned Frogs kept fighting and finally found the equalizer in the 38th minute. Tara Smith bowled her way through the Texas defenders and feed a great ball to McKenzie Oliver in the middle of the penalty area. Her shot was true and the game was tied at two.
TCU continued to push the tempo in the second half and was finally rewarded in the 63rd minute. A corner kick led to chaos in the penalty area. Lauren Sajewich finally got her head on the ball and placed it perfectly for Ganter, who headed in what would be the game-winner.
Stat of the Game
10 – TCU picked up its first 10-win season since the 2008 campaign when it went 14-4.
Quote of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
On the game
“I think we started off very well, but then we gave up two set-piece goals. That wasn’t typical of how we defend. I think we were a little rattled, but we were able to come back and get a big goal from (McKenzie) Oliver going into the half. Second half, we created some chances and we got a chance at a set piece. We were able to dig it out and fight for it. Lauren Sajewich with a great feed to Allison Ganter and we were able to sneak it in.”
On the play of Courtney Hofer in goal
“It’s been hard for her, sitting and wanting to play. When her number was called, I thought she came in and did a fantastic job. She’s exactly what we want our culture to be. She’s a big part of what we are trying to do. Even though she hasn’t been playing as much as she wanted too, she’s been an excellent teammate.”
On the crowd
“Awesome! It was a fantastic atmosphere. We had a bunch of recruits here that got to see it and be a part of it. Hopefully we can continue this and it becomes a trend to get over 2,000 fans a game.”
• The match saw a season-high 2,667 fans in attendance. That mark ranks third all-time in stadium history.
• TCU outshot its opponent for the 11th time this season.
• Courtney Hofer made four saves in a relief appearance to improve to 4-1 on the season.
• Emma Heckendorn scored her third goal of the season and the 12th of her career.
• McKenzie Oliver picked up her third goal of the season and the sixth of her career.
• Allison Ganter moved into a tie for the team-lead with her sixth goal of the year. It was her ninth career goal.
• Ganter tallied her third game-winning goal of the season.
• Karitas Tomasdottir tallied her second career assist in the match.
• Tara Smith registered her second assist of the season.
• Lauren Sajewich tallied her second assist of the season and the third of her career.
TCU (10-5-2, 2-5-1 Big 12) will be the No. 7 seed in the upcoming Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship and will face No. 2 seed Kansas at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Kansas City.