Four Second Half Goals By SMU Send Frogs To Season Opening Loss
Aug. 27, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas -
The TCU Horned Frogs dropped their season opener to No. 21 SMU Friday night at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium. The Frogs battled to a 0-0 half-time score on the strength of good defense, but couldnÕt hold the Mustangs down as they tallied four second-half goals en route to the victory. The Mustangs remain undefeated by the Frogs in the series history.
The first half ended in a 0-0 tie as both teams were locked in a defensive struggle. SMU outshot TCU 8-5 in the half and Katy Buchanan made four stops to keep the game scoreless. Both teams had chances early but the defense was equal to the task.
TCUÕs best chances of the game came in the first frame as they had two early shots on goal that Mustang goalkeeper Amanda Clark stopped. Jessi Moore had the early chance for the Frogs as she took a shot inside the penalty box that was blocked out of danger by a Mustang defender. Four minutes later Karissa Hill connected for the first shot on goal, but buried it in the gut of Clark.
In the 22nd minute, SMU had a great chance as Jill Heinemann found herself wide open in the penalty box but sent the shot high and wide right, helping the Frogs dodge a bullet. Seven minutes later on a corner kick Ashley Watson headed the ball into what appeared to be an open left side of the net, but Kelly Potysman was there to head the ball out of danger before it crossed the line.
Just before the end of the half, SMU's Amanda Jordan was face-to-face with Buchanan as she headed the ball right to Buchanan for the save.
The Frogs defense came unraveled in the second half as the SMU offense peppered the TCU defense with 10 shots, six of which were on goal. The Mustangs connected four times in the half.
What proved to be the game-winner came in the 50th minute as Erin MacCallum crossed the ball to a waiting Olivia O'Rear, who knocked it into the goal for a 1-0 Mustang lead.
Ten minutes later, the Mustangs made it 2-0 on Adria Campbell's first goal of the season. The goal came after Potysman left the game with an injury. Jessi Moore sent a shot wide of the goal and on the ensuing goal kick, the Mustangs took it down the field for a score. The Mustangs scored two more goals late in the half as they cruised to the victory.
The Horned Frogs will hit the road for the first time this season as they head to Lubbock, Texas to take on the Red Raiders. Game time in Lubbock is set for 1:00 at R.P. Fuller Track and Soccer Field.