TCU Plays To Scoreless Draw Against Oklahoma State
Oct. 6, 2013
"I think the positive is that we worked hard for 110 minutes," said head coach Eric Bell. "For us to be successful, we have to be able to do that. In the previous two losses, we weren't consistently working hard enough to give ourselves a chance. We did today and it gave us a chance to win."
The Horned Frogs came out with energy in the first half, picking up two shots and two corners in the first 10 minutes of the match. TCU's first good opportunity came in the fourth minute. After a Meghan Murphy header went just wide, the ball worked its way out to a wide-open Maddie Payne. Her shot trickled just wide of the goal.
Oklahoma State weathered the storm and turned the field in its favor in the middle of the half. The Frog defense did a good job breaking up any offensive threats as they held the Cowgirls to just three shots in the half.
The game opened up in the second half as both teams pushed to get the first goal. Again, it was TCU with the early pressure in the half. Three minutes in, Brittany Slyman's shot from the top of the 18-yard box was blocked out of danger setting up a corner kick. Makenzie Koch's feed was true, but Murphy's header was just wide of the goal.
A back-and-forth battle ensued as both teams had quality chances to get the go-ahead goal. The Cowgirls best chance early in the half came off the foot of Krissi Killion whose shot smacked just off the crossbar.
After a solid five minute push from the Frogs that saw them fire off four shots, the Cowgirls took control of the half. Oklahoma State fired off five shots and earned two corners over a 10 minute stretch. The TCU defense kept the Cowgirls on the perimeter, but Oklahoma State came mere inches from taking the lead as a pair of its shots sailed just high over the crossbar.
Arnold came up with her biggest save of the half in the 72nd as she punched Kristen Kelley's bid over the back of the net just before it went in the goal. She was big once again with just under five minutes left in regulation as she made a toe save on a shot in tight off the foot of Allie Stephenson.
No save was bigger for the Horned Frogs than Murphy's hustling defensive play with eight minutes left in regulation. Madison Mercado found herself one-on-one with Arnold. The TCU keeper made a diving effort to prevent the shot only to see the ball get behind her. Mercado was staring at an empty net and was just about to take the shot when Murphy slid in and kicked the ball out of her reach to keep the game scoreless.
Michelle Prokof had the best chance in the extra sessions as she fired a point-blank shot right into the stomach of Cowgirls' goalkeeper Michela Ongaro. Each keeper stopped the lone shot they faced in the overtime sessions to earn their team a point in the conference standings.
"We got after the group a little bit after the Texas Tech game and really challenged them," said Bell. "They answered the call of the challenge today as far as competing and working and fighting. We created some decent chances, unfortunately we weren't able to put them in. Hopefully we can use today as a positive and move forward."
With the tie, the Horned Frogs move to 4-6-3 overall and 0-2-1 in conference play. TCU will play its final two road conference matches next weekend when it travels to Kansas and league-leading West Virginia. First up is a meeting with the Jayhawks on Friday at 4 p.m.