Youth Leads TCU to 2-1 Win Over Air Force
Aug 25, 2013
"For the most part, I thought our defending against Wyoming was pretty good, just not on the set-pieces. Today, we limited Air Forces' chances to far out and gave Shannon (Coffer) a chance to make the saves," said head coach Eric Bell. "I was impressed with her play today. She came in and did a good job. She organized the back line and because of that didn't have to work very hard because the back line limited the chances. When she did have to make a save, she did. For a freshman, I though she did a really good job.
"As far as the young attacking players, they are taking advantage of opportunities and putting the ball in the net. We need to continue to build off that and do a better job of not allowing goals."
TCU and Air Force played an evenly matched contest as both teams fired 10 shots towards the net. Coffer stood tall in net as she stopped six of seven shots that were ticketed for the goal. TCU fired just four shots on net, but made two of them count to earn its first win of the season.
The Frogs had the game's first opportunity, earning a corner kick in the 12th minute. BobbiClemmer's feed from the right side ricocheted out to a wide open Michelle Mottonen. Her shot from the top of the 18-yard box sailed just high over the crossbar.
Prokoffound herself the beneficiary of a couple of scoring chances late in the half. The freshman made a run down the right side and was one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Air Force's KellyStambaugh was equal to the task as she smotheredProkof's close range shot to keep the game scoreless.
She finally capitalized in the 42nd minute as she gave TCU a 1-0 lead.Makenzie Koch fed an openProkof on the right side. She sent a high shot on net that looked like it was going to be caught by Stambaugh, but she couldn't hold on to the ball and it fell in behind her
TCU's defensive back line did a good job at limiting the opportunities for Air Force as the Falcons managed just two shots on goal. Coffer corralled the only shot she needed to late in the second half.
After the break, Air Force came out with a purpose and took early control of the half. The Falcons earned a corner in the half's first minute and fired off a pair of long range shots that were stopped by Coffer.
The Falcon's efforts were finally rewarded in the 60th minute.Ashely Greco made a run down the right side and fired a perfect pass into the six-yard box. Her feed found the head of Leah Williamson and she knocked it past a diving Coffer to tie the game at one.
TCU immediately went on the offensive and earned itself a corner kick. Koch's feed from the left side was placed perfectly on the head of Murphy, whose first career goal gave TCU back its one-goal lead, 2-1, with 26 minutes to go in the game.
"We talked about how when you give up a goal or score a goal the next five minutes are extremely important," said Bell. "I thought we responded well to go up 2-1."
Coffer was called on to make saves late in the half, but TCU's defense didn't allow the Falcons to get in tight and forced the shots from distance. Her best save of the half came with six minutes to go in the match.Kaleigh Moses fired the shot through traffic and right into the waiting hands of Coffer.
The victory improves TCU's overall record to 1-1. The Frogs will stay on the road for a pair of contests next weekend. First up is a match at LSU Friday night. First kick is slated for 7 p.m. in Baton Rouge.