Last Second Goal Sinks TCU in 2-1 Loss to SMU
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FORT WORTH - The SMU Mustangs scored a goal with two seconds left in regulation to escape with a 2-1 win over TCU Friday night at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium. Makenzie Koch scored her first career goal in the contest.
"I think that on the whole, the team fought for as long as they could and gave themselves a chance to win," said head coach Eric Bell. "There was an unfortunate ending to the game, but give credit to SMU for getting the result. I thought that the team fought for 90 minutes and they gave it everything they had."
With just under 10 seconds to go in regulation, Jessica Bartol carried the ball over the midfield line and fed the ball across to Shelby Redman. Instead of playing out regulation, Redman gambled with a long shot and booted the ball 40 yards and over the head of TCU goalkeeper Alicen Wright with two seconds left on the clock for the gamewinner.
The goal capped a thrilling back-and-forth battle in the second half. SMU earned a trio of corner kicks in the first 20 minutes of the second half and made the third one count. Courtney Smith took the kick from the far side and fed the ball to a diving Kenzie Scovill, who headed the ball past Wright for a 1-0 lead.
TCU fought back as it tried to get the match back to even. The push was eventually rewarded in the 77th minute as the Frogs earned a corner kick. Koch's feed from the near side found the head of Monica Alvarado, whose header was corralled by Mustang goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden.
Just two minutes later, Becca Rowland found a streaking Rebekah Foreman who battled her defender before eventually being hauled down in the penalty box, setting up the Frogs' first penalty kick of the season. Koch took the shot, blasting it past the diving Bodden to tie the game at one with just over 12 minutes to go in the game.
"It was a test of Rebekah's fortitude to want to win the ball there in the box and fortunately for us she got fouled in the box and we were able to convert it with McKenzie's penalty kick," said Bell.
In the first half, SMU outshot TCU 6-3, but it was TCU who had the early opportunity to take the lead. The Frogs earned a corner kick in the 24th minute and Koch's feed was misplayed by an SMU defender and right to the foot of Madeline Hamm, whose shot sailed just high over the crossbar.
Ten minutes later, it was SMU's chance to get on the board, but the Frogs escaped danger with a goal line stand. Lissie Lonsberry collected the ball in the six-yard box and sent a shot to far corner, but Carly Bowen was there to kick the ball out of danger, keeping it a scoreless match.
TCU falls to 2-3-1 on the season. The Horned Frogs return to the pitch on Sunday afternoon to play host to Texas State. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.