Pope tallies a goal and an assist as TCU tops Houston, 2-1
Sept. 10, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - Lauren Pope scored a goal and assisted on another as TCU topped Houston 2-1 on Sunday in front of 1,085 at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.
In what was an up-and-down game, TCU (3-3-0) was able to consistently put pressure on Houston (3-3-0) with its speed up front and outshot the Cougars, 16-14.
"Houston was a fresh team and after Friday night we wanted to make sure we didn't have a letdown," head coach Dan Abdalla said. "We've got some very special players and we knew we just had to go out and play our game. I was real happy that we were able to get those two early goals to really set the tone."
With the temperature in the 90s for most of the game, the effect of the warm weather was evident on both clubs, as all three of the goals were scored in the first half.
Eventually TCU's speed and number of chances paid off, as the Horned Frogs notched the first goal of the game off the foot of Pope at the 11:03 mark. Pope netted her fourth goal of the year by dribbling into the center of the box and taking a shot that beat Houston goalkeeper Shelby Scott.
Leading 1-0, Pope contributed again to the Horned Frogs' attack - this time with an assist. After gaining control of the ball on the right side of the box, Pope fed a pass to Lizzy Karoly, who crossed the ball to Chelsea White who knocked home her first collegiate goal a the 18:20 mark.
"Lauren Pope had a great game," Abdalla said. "The more she is going at players, the more it keeps other teams off balance and it frees everyone else up. She has really been attacking well recently. I was real happy with how she played."
Despite having a 2-0 lead, TCU did not have much time to get comfortable with a two-goal advantage, as Houston struck at the 21:02 mark to narrow TCU's lead to one (2-1). Houston's goal came as Jordan Godbolt scored off a cross from the right side by Sophia Mundy.
Holding a 2-1 lead in the closing seconds of the match, Houston's last effort to tie the match was erased by goalkeeper Katy Buchanan. With the seconds winding down Mundy took a corner kick from the left side that bounced through the box and was vacuumed up by Buchanan before any Houston players were able to get a solid play on it.
For the match, Karoly tallied five shots to lead the Horned Frogs. Pope had four shots, including three shots on goal.
Buchanan made six saves and moved to 3-2 on the season in goal.
TCU returns to action on Sept. 15, when Sam Houston visits Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium for a 7 p.m. match.