Frogs Secure Finish In Top Half Of Conference With 2-1 Win Over Memphis
Oct. 31, 2003
Fort Worth, Texas - Amy Van Zandt picked up her second last-minute goal of the season, lifting the Frogs past Memphis, Friday in their final regular season contest. With the victory, TCU is guaranteed to finish in the top four of the Conference USA standings. TCU could finish anywhere from second to fourth in the league, pending results later tonight.
Memphis and TCU played to a 0-0 tie in the first half as both teams were slow out of the gate. Neither team could muster much offense until later in the half. Memphis outshot the Frogs 5-4 in the half, with each goalkeeper making two saves. Van Zandt had the best chance of the half, but Tiger goalkeeper Kari Rawe was there to block the ball out of th e way.
TCU picked up the tempo in the second half, as they had chances to pick up the early goal. Karissa Hill found herself wide open, but her shot clanked off the crossbar and out of danger. Ten minutes later, the Tigers Veronica Ruiz suffered a similar fate with her shot. Ashley Fortune's chance around the midpoint of the half, was blocked out of danger by a Tiger defender.
The Frogs finally connected in the 76th minute. After a match full of frustration for Fortune, she finally found herself on the receiving end of a Hill feed down the center of the field and buried it past Rawe for the go-ahead goal. But the Tigers responded, picking up the equalizer 10 minutes later. Madison Cheek fed the ball to Yuiko Konno, who blasted the ball past Katie Buchanan low and to the right side.
With visions of the Houston game dancing in her head, Amy Van Zandt found herself with a wide open shot in the last minute of the game, as she picked up her fourth game-winning goal of the season. Elizabeth Walsh fed a pass to Van Zandt who dribbled around a few defenders and blistered the shot into the upper right hand corner, giving the Frogs the 2-1 victory and her seventh goal of the season.
TCU finishes the regular season with a 9-8-1 overall record and a 7-3 Conference USA record. Pending the outcome of the final C-USA matches around the league, TCU will wait to see what seed they will earn in the upcoming Conference USA Post-season Tournament to be held in Charlotte, N.C. The conference tournament is set to begin on Wednesday.