TCU falls to SMU, 2-0
Sept. 21, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - Playing in warm and breezy conditions the TCU soccer team allowed a goal in the first and second half as SMU (6-2-1) was able to claim a 2-0 win over the Horned Frogs (4-5-0) on Thursday at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.
Despite taking 11 shots, including five on goal, TCU's offense was unable to crack the wall setup by SMU's goalkeeper Ashley Gunter. Gunter made five saves, including a few diving stops that nullified TCU's chances.
TCU was paced by Michelle Nguyen, who had a team-best four shots. Chelsea White also added two shots, both of which were on goal. Goalkeeper Katy Buchanan played the full 90 minutes in goal and tallied a season-best seven saves.
With both teams locked in a defensive struggle in the first half, SMU was able to sneak in a goal with just 30 ticks remaining on the clock, as Krystal Bailey was able to knock in a pass off a free kick by Marisa Schieda.
In the second half, TCU controlled possession of the ball in SMU's territory for the majority of the half, but were unable to break SMU's defensive attack, which continually cleared the ball to the sidelines. After tallying 10 shots in the first half, TCU was limited to just four second-half shots.
TCU's best opportunity to knot the match at one may have come with 21:45 to play, as Nguyen rocketed a shot from the top of the 18-yard line that Gunter made a diving stop on.
SMU's final goal of the match came off the foot of Olivia O'Rear, who was able to dribble into the middle of the box and create a one-on-one opportunity against Buchanan. O'Rear was able to stick her shot past the outstretched arms of Buchanan and into the left corner of the goal at the 84:29 mark to give SMU a 2-0 lead.
The match for TCU was its first of the season not played on a Friday or Sunday.
TCU returns to action on Saturday when UTSA (3-6-0) travels to Fort Worth for a 7 p.m. match at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.