Amy Van Zandt Scores Late Goal to Lift Frogs Past Houston
Oct. 11, 2003
Houston, Texas - Amy Van Zandt (Fort Worth, Texas) scored the biggest goal of her TCU career with 51 seconds remaining in the game, giving the Frogs their fourth Conference USA win and places them in a two-way tie for first place in the conference. In a physical game that saw a combined four yellow cards and one red card, the TCU women's soccer team left Houston with a 3-2 victory and some bruised bodies.
The Horned Frogs found themselves in an early 1-0 hole as the Cougars struck first. Houston's Anne Gasser found herself wide open twice in the early-goings and finally capitalized in the fourth minute. Nicole Aubuchon found Gasser streaking down the right side. Gasser took a blistering shot that curved in over Frog goalkeeper, Katie Buchanan's (Plano, Texas) left shoulder, giving the Cougars the early lead.
The Frogs didn't back down as they tried to get the equalizer. Van Zandt took a corner kick that curved into the penalty area where Karissa Hill (Mansfield, Texas) waited. Hill saw her shot sail wide out of bounds. The chances kept coming as Ashley Fortune (Bothell, Wash.) beat Cougar goalkeeper Sarah Webster, to the left side and sent the ball into the middle of the box towards the wide-open goal, only to see it blocked out of danger.
The Cougars held a 4-3 advantage in shots heading into the half. The Frogs didn't register a shot on goal, but the Cougars picked up three. Buchanan made two stops in the half, keeping it a one-goal game, setting up the second-half comeback for TCU.
Houston once again found themselves with the early chances in the second half. Sarah Fisher went streaking down the right sideline and buried a shot low into the gut of Buchanan who was there for the save. TCU dodged a big bullet in the 51st minute as Jenny Swanson (Tacoma, Wash.) headed a ball back towards Buchanan only to see in drift past her and barely miss the wide open net behind her.
TCU finally broke loose in the 55th minute as they picked up two goals in a span of two-minutes. The equalizer came as Fortune beat a defender and fed the ball to Moore waiting in the corner of the goalbox. Moore buried it over the goalkeeper's head for her third goal of the season. Just two minutes later Moore picked up the go-ahead goal. Rebecca Repasky (Kilgore, Texas) sent a deep pass down field. Hill played it to Moore who buried it high over Webster's head, giving the Frogs a 2-1 lead.
The Frogs kept dodging bullets as they picked up a foul deep in the defensive zone setting up a direct kick for Aubuchon. Aubuchon sent the ball wide right of the goal. The Cougars kept piling up the chances to get the tying goal, and finally capitalized in the 85th minute. Beth Outlaw took a shot from 45 yards out that sailed over Buchanan's head knotting the score at two apiece.
Cougar forward, Meghan Moreo picked up a red card in the 86th minute, forcing the Cougars to play a man down the rest of the way. The Frogs took advantage of the Cougars situation and Van Zandt scored the game-winning goal with just under a minute remaining in the game. Fortune passed the ball to a waiting Van Zandt, who took a couple of dribbles and buried it in the lower right hand corner for her sixth goal of the season.
Overall, the Cougars outshot the Frogs 12-10 and both teams registered five shots on goal. Buchanan made three stops, helping the Frogs defeat Houston.
With the victory, the Frogs even their record at 6-6-1 and push their C-USA record to 4-1. TCU will return to Garvey-Rosenthal on Friday as they take on C-USA foe Southern Miss. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.