TCU Falls to Texas Tech, 1-0
Nov. 6, 2013
"There was no let down at all. I just told them I was proud of the effort," said head coach Eric Bell. "We lost to a better team today. I don't think there is anything wrong with saying that. We fought the best we could. At the end of the day, that's all I can ask for."
The Horned Frogs surrendered a goal in the 31st minute, but held the Red Raiders in check for the remainder of the contest. Coffer made four saves in the first half and five in the second to keep the Frogs in the game.
Texas Tech had the match's first strong scoring chance as it pushed the attack downfield. Paige Strahan made a run down the left side and sent a perfect cross to Caity Heap in the six-yard box. Her shot was on target, but Coffer was there to knock the ball out of danger. On the ensuing corner kick, Janine Beckie's shot went just over the crossbar.
Makenzie Koch had TCU's first opportunity to get on the board as the Frogs worked the ball deep in their offensive third. A throw-in from Morgan Lane bounced around and eventually found its way to Koch's foot. Her shot sailed high over the crossbar.
In the 28th minute the Frogs had a golden opportunity to jump out front. TCU found itself with an odd-man rush deep in its offensive zone. Kelly Johnson used the defender as a decoy and sent a low shot in from 20 yards out. Red Raider goalkeeper Victoria Esson made the diving stop, setting up a corner. Koch's feed into the goal box was on target, but Julia Thurston's bid hit the post.
Texas Tech broke the scoreless draw in the 31st minute on a goal from Strahan. She corralled the feed from Jaelene Hinkle and took the shot from 30 yards out. The ball sailed just over the outstretched hands of Coffer to give the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead.
Out of halftime, the game settled into a back-and-forth ball. Neither team could maintain possession. It was TCU who finally got the half's first opportunity 10 minutes in.
The Red Raiders were whistled for a foul just inside the midfield line. Koch took the free kick and placed it perfectly in the goal box. Lauren Sajewich got her foot on the ball, but the Frogs couldn't get a shot on goal as Texas Tech fired it out of danger.
TCU as able to get possession and push the ball downfield, but the Red Raider defense closed ranks, preventing shot opportunities for the Frogs. Sajewich was the only Frog to get a ball through on goal, but Esson was there for the save to keep the 1-0 lead in tact.
For her part, Coffer did yeoman's work to keep the deficit at one. She made a trio of saves in tight late in the match and helped push the ball back into the Frogs' attacking zone.
TCU had a chance with under a minute to go to tie the match as the Red Raiders were whistled for a foul near midfield. The feed into the goal box was strong, but the Red Raider defense headed the ball out of danger to hold on to the win.
The Horned Frogs close the season with a 6-10-3 record. TCU says goodbye to six seniors as Brittany Slyman, Kristen Barg, Kelly Johnson, Morgan Lane, Maddy Courvoisier and Maddie Payne all played in their final collegiate games.
"I thanked the seniors for the contributions that they made to our program," said Bell. "They were significant. Without them, we wouldn't be here in this spot. I know for them it hurts. It's the end of a chapter in their college life. Now you have to move forward and turn the page. I'm proud of them and proud of the effort they put into the game."