Nov. 3, 2017
KANSAS CITY --
For the second straight game it took penalty kicks to decide a game as TCU and No. 7 West Virginia played to a 1-1 double overtime draw. The Horned Frogs advanced to their second straight Big 12 Championship title game, topping the Mountaineers by a 5-3 mark in penalty kicks.
The Horned Frogs and Mountaineers went toe-to-toe for 110 minutes of thrilling soccer in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament.
West Virginia had a 6-3 edge in shots on goal at the half, but all three of TCU's shots in the half were on goal. Katie Lund made a pair of stops in the half and defended five WVU corners.
TCU opened the scoring in the 52nd minute. McKenzie Oliver did yeoman's work in deep in the attacking zone to earn the Frogs a corner kick. Emma Heckendorn's feed found its way to Ariana Owens, who put the ball in the right spot for Allison Ganter to head it in for a 1-0 lead.
West Virginia mounted a furious attack to get the game even at one. A misplay on the back line gifted the Mountaineers a corner kick and they used it to even the game. Amandine Pierre-Louis took the kick and it curved into the far side of the goal to tie the game at one.
Both overtimes were full of action with each team forcing the keeper to make one save each, sending the game to penalty kicks.
In the PK session, both teams connected on their first two shots. In the third round, Katie Lund came up with a diving stop to put the Frogs in control. Ryan Williams sealed the 5-3 victory with a goal.
Stat of the Game
3 -- Sunday's appearance in the Big 12 Championship game will mark its third since joining the Big 12 in 2012. The Frogs previously advanced in 2012 and 2016.
Quotes of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
On the game:
"The game plan was spot on, so thanks to my assistants for helping us come up with it. Our kids played very well. I'm very happy for them and for their performance. We gave them everything they could handle."
On the senior leadership:
"We put Ryan (Williams) at No. 5 because we know she's got ice water in her veins. Allison (Ganter) is always there to score a big-time goal. We rely on those guys, more so now than ever and they are leading us. I'm happy with their performance and I'm happy with the team's performance. We need it. Now we move on to Sunday."
On playing in the championship game for the second straight year
"Nothing is ever guaranteed. We are fortunate to be back here, but it's hard to get back here. We have to take advantage of the opportunity and hopefully come away with a championship. We will be playing a very good Baylor team."
TCU advanced on penalty kicks for the third time (defeated Texas in 2012 and Kansas in 2017 to advance).
TCU set a school record with eight overtime games this season.
TCU moved to 5-0-3 in overtime this season.
TCU moved to 11-5-19 in overtime under the guidance of head coach Eric Bell.
TCU is now 35-22-51 all-time in overtime games.
TCU was outshot in a game for just the sixth time this season.
Katie Lund made four saves in the match.
Allison Ganter tallied her sixth goal of the season and the 18th of her career.
Ganter is tied for eighth all-time in career goals (Allison Calleri, 1996-99).
Ganter moved into ninth all-time with 46 career points.
Emma Heckendorn collected her sixth assist of the season and the 22nd of her career.
Heckendorn is tied for fifth all-time with 54 career points (Allison Calleri, 1996-99).
Ariana Owens registered her second assist of the season.
Yazmeen Ryan, Cachet Lue, Tijana Djuricek, Ariana Owens, Kayla Hill, Karitas Tomasdottir and Ryan Williams played the entirety of the match.
TCU (12-5-3) continues play in the Big 12 Championships Sunday afternoon against Baylor. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City. The championship game will be televised on FS1.