TCU tallies two first-half goals to down Sam Houston State, 2-1
Sept. 15, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - Chelsea White and Michelle Nguyen each tallied a first-half goal to lift the TCU soccer team to its second straight win with a 2-1 victory over Sam Houston State on Friday at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.
Winners of four of its last five matches, TCU (4-3-0) used a relentless offensive attack and challenged Sam Houston State's goalkeeper Melissa Sauceda with a season-high 32 shots.
TCU combined its offensive barrage with a ball-hawking defense that surrendered a season-low seven shots to the Bearkats (2-6-0) and just two shots on goal.
"We knew it was going to be a scrappy game," head coach Dan Abdalla. "We wanted to try and come out and put it away as early as possible. To Sam Houston's credit, they didn't allow us to do that."
However, TCU's lead would not last as the Bearcats battled back to even the match at one. On a pass from 40 yards on the left side, Sam Houston State's Brittany Foerstner found the head of Yoanna Garcia, who scored at the 20:30 mark.
Just four minutes and 11 seconds later, TCU was able to regain the lead for good, as Michelle Nguyen scored her third goal of the season to put TCU ahead, 2-1. Nguyen's goal came after she saved a loose ball from going out of bounds on the left side. Nguyen then managed to beat her defender and take a shot that spun past Sauceda's outreached arms.
With 14:12 to play in the first frame, TCU had an opportunity to go up 3-1 after a corner kick by Nguyen found Hill, whose shot cleared the keeper, but was negated because of a foul in the box.
Leading 2-1 at the half after notching 13 first-half shots, TCU's offense continued to fire at the net, tallying 19 shots in the second half.
Despite taking shot after shot, the Horned Frogs were unable to undo Sauceda in goal, who secured 12 saves for the match.
"One of the biggest things we have to learn how to do is finish these games and not allow team to stay in it," Abdalla said. "I'm happy with the chances we created, we just have to do a little better job of finishing."
TCU's best scoring chance in the second half came with 30:46 to play, as Lizzie Batten fired a shot from just inside the 18-yard line that ricocheted off the crossbar and back to White, whose shot sailed over the net.
Lizzy Karoly, the Mountain West's leader in shots, took a career-high 10 shots, including five on goal to pace TCU.
Goalkeeper Katie Buchanan played the full 90 minutes in goal and moved her record to 4-2-0 on the season. TCU moved to 4-0 on the season when scoring a goal.
Up next for TCU is an away game at No. 16 Nebraska at 1 p.m. on Sunday.