Nov. 12, 2016
Final Stats |
FORT WORTH –
TCU’s historical 2016 campaign came to a disappointing end in a 1-0 loss to Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA Tournament hosted by the Horned Frogs. The Aggies struck for a goal in the seventh minute and made it stand up.
TCU controlled the play for the majority of the game, outshooting Texas A&M, 11-4. The Frogs held a 5-1 shot advantage at the half, but that one shot was the difference in the game.
Texas A&M capitalized on its first opportunity of the evening, opening the scoring in the seventh minute. Haley Pounds carried the ball down the right side of the field and sent a cross into the goal area. Mikaela Harvey tapped the ball back to an open Stephanie Malherbe, who shot it into the upper portion of the goal for a 1-0 lead.
TCU pushed hard following the goal to get the equalizer. Emma Heckendorn had a golden opportunity from a severe angle, but the Aggie keeper, Danielle Rice was just tall enough to knock it over the goal.
In the second half, TCU continued its push for the game-tying goal. No chance was better in the match than the one for Heckendorn in the 66th minute. Courtney Forte made a slick move to beat her defender and fed a great pass to Heckendorn. Her cross-body shot missed the open net by mere inches.
TCU continued to push, but the Aggie defense held strong, limiting the Frogs to just two shots the remainder of the contest to hold on to its 1-0 lead.
Stat of the Game
4 – The TCU defense limited Texas A&M to just four shots and only one on goal.
Quotes of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
“First, congratulations to Texas A&M for advancing and moving on. They’re a good team, a very good team. My assessment of the game is that we gave up a goal early, but prior to that and after that, I thought we had the lion’s share of the ball.
“We had the ball up into the final third, but we weren’t as particularly dangerous in the final third as I thought we could be. I thought we also had some set pieces that were dangerous, but overall I thought we had the lion’s share of ball, but were not the most dangerous in the final third of the field.”
What this night means to the program…
“It means the world. Obviously we came in here with the ambition of getting to the NCAA Tournament and ultimately competing to win a National Championship, and five years later we are in the NCAA Tournament.
“I thought we’d be here a little faster, but the process is the process, and the process has gotten us here in year five and I couldn’t be happier for our players and what they have done to accomplish this awesome feat. This program has been around for 30 years, and to have the opportunity to be the first group to get into the NCAA tournament is awesome. That will always be the case, and this senior class will always be known as the first class to do it. I owe them a debt of gratitude for what they have accomplished.”
Senior midfield Lauren Sajewich
On experience of playing in TCU’s first NCAA Tournament…
“It means so much. It’s really hard to put into words just how much this team, this program and this university have meant to me. Coming here, Eric and Ryan had a vision. We bought in as a freshman class at that time and we worked our butts off to get here. I’m so proud of my class, the whole team, the whole program and all of the fans that have supported us the whole way. It’s incredible how much support we have and it’s meant everything.”
On her assessment of the game…
“I agree with Eric. I thought we had the ball the majority of the game and we had some dangerous chances. Maybe a few more and we could have found that equalizing goal and had the motivation from there to go win the game. I thought we played well. We had the ball and we moved it well. Everybody was confident tonight and I felt that on the field. It was fun. Obviously, it hurts that we didn’t get that goal, but it was great to play with those girls tonight.”
Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri
“We’re excited about the opportunity to move on. I thought that TCU was excellent tonight. Really, the early goal by Stephanie [Malherbe] to put us ahead allowed us to play with the lead, and allowed us to not take ourselves out of shape too much. But, even with that I thought TCU did a good job of moving the ball and putting themselves into some pretty dangerous situations. I’m proud of our defending and they way the whole team defended. And, as the game went on I thought we possessed the ball better and better to kind of take the air out of the game. Danny Rice has been exceptionally special for us in the back and was outstanding as well.
• TCU played its first-ever NCAA Tournament game.
• TCU was shutout for just the fifth time this season.
• TCU outshot its opponent for the ninth time this season.
• TCU had a match-high five corner kicks.
• Kayla Hill and Emma Heckendorn led TCU with three shots each.
• Meghan Murphy, Cachet Lue, Lauren Sajewich, Ryan Williams played all 90 minutes in the match.
TCU’s season ends with a record of 12-7-2. The 12 wins are the most since the 2008 campaign.