TCU Leaps Into First-Place
Oct. 19, 2003
Fort Worth, Texas - With first place on the line in the conference, TCU came ready to play, picking up their second-straight shut out at home. Katie Buchanan (Plano, Texas) made three saves in the victory and Jessi Moore (Grapevine, Texas) and Cara Toulouse (Fort Worth, Texas) each scored a goal in the contest giving the Frogs sole possession of first place.
In the first half, the Frogs picked up where they left off on Friday, as they dominated play for the second-straight half. TCU out shot the Green Wave 8-3 in the half, including five shots on goal. The Frogs got on the board in the tenth minute when Moore connected for her sixth goal of the season. Amy Van Zandt (Fort Worth, Texas) passed the ball towards the corner of the penalty box, but it deflected off a Green Wave defender and back out to a waiting Moore. Moore took a shot low that snuck past Tulane goalkeeper Kristin Weegar, giving the Frogs an early 1-0 lead.
The Frogs kept the pressure on for the rest of the half, battling for a second goal, but were unable to get a good shot on Weegar as she made four stops in the half. TCU dodged a big bullet late in the half as they picked up a foul just outside of the penalty box. Tulane's leading goal-scorer Asia Simons teed up for the shot, but shot it low to a waiting Katie Buchana, who was there for the save.
The Frogs didn't let down in the second half as they came out shooting. Ashley Fortune broke free of her defender and with only the goalkeeper to beat, saw the ball drift wide right and out of danger. But minutes later, the Frogs got the two-goal lead they were pushing for. Karissa Hill (Mansfield, Texas) feed the ball to a waiting Toulouse who poked it past the goalkeeper for her first goal of the season.
Simons put the Green Wave on her back as she tried to put the ball into the goal and give Tulane a shot to win. After another foul from TCU deep in its defensive territory, Simons took the free kick that was blocked out of harms way by Jenny Swanson. A few minutes later, Simons blasted a shot from midfield that bounced dangerously close to the net, but Buchanan was again there for the stop.
The Green Wave never got a good shot the rest of the way as they were shutout for the second time this weekend. TCU outshot Tulane 17-10 in the game, including 9-3 in shots on goal.
The Frogs improve to 8-6-1 overall and with their third straight C-USA victory, they move to 6-1-0 in conference play. TCU will take their first-place standing on the road next weekend as they head to UAB on Friday and USF on Sunday. Game time on Friday at West Campus Field in Birmingham, Ala. is set for 7:00. On Sunday, game time is set for 1:00 at USF Soccer Stadium in Tampa, Fla.