TCU Comes Up Short in 2-0 Loss at SMU
Sept. 12, 2013
"I thought the overall team defending was very good for the most part," said head coach Eric Bell. "We tried to make it as hard as possible for SMU to play and I thought for the most part we did a good job of that. In the second half, we had a couple of breakdowns and they scored two goals."
SMU and TCU battled to a scoreless tie after one half of play. Both teams played possession soccer and both defenses did their jobs in limiting the opponent's chances. Vittoria Arnold and Shannon Moroney were called on to make only one save in the half.
Maddy Courvoisier had TCU's first opportunity as she made a run down the middle of the field. Her shot from the top of the penalty box was blocked by the SMU defense. On the ensuing push downfield, the Mustang's Taylor Barg blasted a shot from the top of the penalty box that deflected off the crossbar.
TCU picked up the match's first shot on goal when Madeline Hamm took a hard shot from the right of the goal that was snared by a diving Moroney. In the 31st minute following a free kick from Bobbi Clemmer, Kelly Johnson got her head on the ball and saw it skid just wide of the goal.
Twice TCU was called for a foul in the defensive zone in the early part of the second half. The Frogs dodged a bullet after the first foul, but couldn't come away unscathed on the second. Courtney Smith took the free kick from the left of the goal. Her initial shot was blocked away by Arnold, but Shelby Redmond was there for the rebound, giving SMU a 1-0 lead.
"I don't think SMU made many adjustments, but we had a couple of breakdowns, fouled and gave them some free kicks," said Bell.
Smith connected for SMU in 29th minute to put the Mustangs up 2-0. She took a feed from Rikki Clarke and blasted it from 25 yards out into the upper part of the goal.
TCU made a late push to get back in the match, taking a pair of shots late in the match. Julia Thurston tested Moroney from distance, but her shot was hauled in by the keeper.
Maddie Payne had the Frogs' best opportunity to get a goal with nine minutes remaining. Payne's shot was ticketed for the near post, but the ball bounced off the post and out of danger.
TCU falls to 2-4-1 on the season. The Horned Frogs return to action Sunday afternoon when they host No. 25 Arkansas. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal and will be televised on FSSW+.