Nov. 6, 2016
KANSAS CITY –
TCU dropped a heart-breaking 3-2 overtime decision to No. 1 West Virginia in the Big 12 Championship game Sunday afternoon. The Mountaineers rallied with three unanswered goals.
TCU wasted little time opening up the scoring in the first half as Michelle Prokof snapped West Virginia’s scoreless streak at 938 minutes. She stole the ball from the WVU defender and weaved her way to an open spot, before ripping a shot from 25 yards out into the upper left corner for a 1-0 lead just 3:25 into the game.
The TCU defensive back line put up a wall in front of Katie Lund. The freshman made a trio of stops, but all were from distance as the group of Ryan Williams, Cachet Lue, Lauren Sajewich and Courtney Forte forced shots from distance.
TCU once again took advantage of an opportunity to net its second goal of the half. McKenzie Oliver fed Allison Ganter, who broke free of her defenders and shot the ball past the keeper for a 2-0 lead in the 40th minute.
With West Virginia pushing hard to get back in the match, TCU had a golden opportunity to open up a 3-0 lead, but a diving stop by the WVU keeper kept the Mountaineer deficit at two. Minutes later, they cut the lead in half as Michaela Abam knocked got her foot on a feed from Sh’Nia Gordon to make it a 2-1 game in the 59th minute.
The Mountaineers got the equalizer in the 59th minute as Kadeisha Buchanan knocked in Ashley Lawrence’s crossing feed to send the game to overtime. West Virginia completed the come-back in the 97th minute on a Lawrence tally. She tapped home the Hannah Abraham cross for the game-winning goal.
Meghan Murphy, Karitas Tomasdottir, Michelle Prokof and Allison Ganter were named to the All-Tournament squad.
Stat of the Game
2 – TCU is the only school to tally two goals against West Virginia this season. Michelle Prokof’s goal snapped an 11-match shutout streak for the Mountaineers.
Quote of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
On the game
“I thought we started off really well. We were able to score two goals in the first half and we knew they were going to come out in the second half with their hair on fire. I thought we were going to have enough juice to pull it out. I’m really proud of our group. They played really hard. Hopefully the committee saw that and recognizes it. We played the No. 1 team in the country toe-to-toe for 100 minutes. We should be in the tournament."
• TCU fell to 3-4-2 in the Big 12 Championships.
• The Horned Frogs are 4-12-4 all-time in conference tournaments.
• Under the guidance of Eric Bell, the Horned Frogs are 6-5-16 in overtime.
• In its history, TCU has a 30-22-47 record in contests decided in overtime.
• Michelle Prokof’s goal in the first half was her 27th career tally, tying her for second all-time in TCU history with Lizzy Karoly (2006-09).
• Prokof’s goal was her sixth of the season.
• Allison Ganter extended her team-lead with her ninth goal of the year. It was her 12th career goal.
• Allison Ganter has scored a goal in four straight games.
• McKenzie Oliver registered her third career assist on Ganter’s goal.
TCU (12-6-2, 2-5-1 Big 12) will learn its NCAA Tournament fate Monday afternoon at 3:30 when the field of 64 is announced on NCAA.com.