TCU Earns Draw With No. 14 Denver
Sept. 20, 2013
"Pretty good result against a pretty good team," said head coach Eric Bell. "I think that Denver is a pretty good team and our kids fought for the entire 110 minutes and showed really well tonight. I am proud of the performance, the effort and the fight. We had some chances to win the game and unfortunately we weren't able to capitalize on them, but I liked what I saw tonight."
While Denver held a 20-15 edge in shots, it was the Horned Frogs who had the bulk of the scoring opportunities. TCU fired 11 shots on net and saw another narrowly miss going in late in the first overtime. The Pioneers' goalkeeper Cassidy Rey stopped eight shots and was helped out by her teammates in making two more.
After giving up 11 shots to Denver in the first half, the TCU defense came up huge in the final three periods of play. The backline held Denver to just nine shots and none on goal in the final 78 minutes of play. Coffer stopped five of the six shots that came her way in the first half.
"Shannon has played really well. She was very steady and doing the things we asked her to do," said Bell. "I am very happy with her performance. The back line is getting better. The communication today was a lot better and the organization by the two center backs, Bobbi (Clemmer) and Lauren (Sajewich) was very good today. That's a big step for us as we get closer to playing in the Big 12."
TCU and Denver battled to a 1-1 tie after the first half of play. The Pioneers controlled the play for much of the half, but the Frogs made their opportunities count.
Coffer made back-to-back saves early in the half and helped the Frogs start the push into their offensive zone. Maddie Payne made a strong run down the left side of the field and sent a cross to Prokof at the top of the 18-yard box. She beat her defended and sent a low shot into the near side for a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute.
Denver came storming back, taking control of the ball deep in its attacking zone. TCU was called for a pair of fouls just outside the penalty box. The Frogs staved off danger on the first foul, but couldn't get past the second. TCU was whistled for a foul 25 yards out. Brooke Boothe tapped the ball to Sam Harder who blasted the shot high and into the back of the net, tying the game at one in the 33rd minute.
In the second half, TCU controlled the play and fired off eight shots, seven of which were on goal. TCU's hard work earned it a corner kick in the 79th minute. Clemmer's feed from the right side produced a bevy of activity in the goal box. Meghan Murphy, Madeline Hamm and Makenzie Koch all took shots only to see them blocked off the goal line to keep the game tied at one.
The Pioneers' biggest push in the half came in the final minute of regulation. Nicholette Digiacomo and Anna Willis each fired off shots, but the TCU defense blocked the ball away before it made it to Coffer.
TCU dominated the first overtime and had the best chance to end the game. With less than a minute to go, Murphy sent a perfect pass through the Denver defense. Maddy Courvoisier got behind her defender and had a one-on-one with the keeper. Rey went down to block the ball, but missed and Courvoisier found herself staring at an open net. Her shot trickled toward the goal, but bounced off the post and out of danger.
Denver turned the tides in the second overtime as it outshot TCU 4-0. Harder's bid for the game-winner was blocked away with five minutes remaining. The Pioneers' best chance to end the game came in the final minute, but Digiacomo's shot was just high over the crossbar.
The Horned Frogs improve to 3-4-2 overall on the season. TCU will wrap up non-conference play Sunday afternoon at Garvey-Rosenthal when it plays host to Central Arkansas. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. The match is set to air on FSSW+.