TCU Drops Big 12 Opener at Texas
Sept. 27, 2013
"I thought Texas played very hard and worked really hard to earn the win," said head coach Eric Bell. "For our younger players, I think we got a little indoctrination into what Big 12 soccer is all about. If we are not ready to come out here and compete for 90 minutes, we are going to get results like we got."
The Longhorns had an 11-7 shot advantage and a 4-2 shots on goal edge. Vittoria Arnold made two saves on the four shots she face. Both teams earned four corners in the match. Bobbi Clemmer was the lone Frog to test the Longhorns' Abby Smith, as both of her of shots were on net.
"I thought we started off a little slow and we gave up a goal that I thought was preventable and then we didn't really respond," said Bell. "In the second half, we weren't exactly dangerous."
Texas jumped out to an early lead, scoring just four minutes into the contest. Whitney Jaynes took a throw-in deep in the Longhorns offensive zone, feeding Chantale Campbell in the left corner. After getting the ball back from Campbell, Jaynes sent a long shot toward goal that bent in over the outstretched hands of Arnold for a 1-0 lead.
TCU put the pressure on the Longhorns as it battled to tie the game at one. Makenzie Koch made a running feed to Michelle Prokof. She dished the ball off to Brittany Slyman on the right side. Her crossing feed was on target, but Madeline Hamm's header sailed just high over the crossbar.
The Frogs continued to keep the pressure on as they tried to get the equalizer. Clemmer had the two best opportunities for TCU as she boomed the ball from distance. Each time Smith was there to corral the shot to keep the Longhorn lead in tact.
Arnold came up huge in the 38th minute as she made a diving stop on Lindsey Meyer's shot from distance. She finished the half with two saves on three shots.
In the second half, the squads traded shots from distance early, but it was Texas that found the net as it opened up a 2-0 lead in the 62nd minute. Kelsey Shimmick sent a cross from the left side and placed it perfectly on the head of Sydney Shutter, who knocked it in for a two-goal lead.
After taking the two goal lead, the Longhorns went into defensive mode and held the Frogs in check. TCU took just three shots in the second half and none on goal.
"I think having Sunday off will help us get our legs back, relax and recover from the game," said Bell. "We will have a couple more days to prepare for Friday and having two games, one on the road and one at home."
TCU falls to 4-5-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The Frogs will return to the pitch Friday night on the road at nationally-ranked Texas Tech. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m.