Arnold and Johnson Lead TCU to Win
Oct. 11, 2013
"I really think it was a tale of two halves," said head coach Eric Bell. "I thought we controlled a majority of the first half and they controlled the second. Bottom line was the kids played hard and competed for 90 minutes. We scored off a corner kick on a great feed from Mackenzie and Kelly did a good job getting her head on it. I thought it was a great effort by the group."
Kansas put the early pressure on TCU, controlling the ball for much of the first 10 minutes. A save by Vittoria Arnold on a shot from Ashley Williams turned the tides in the favor of the Horned Frogs as they took control.
Arnold had to come up with another save on Liana Salazar, but again, that ignited the Frogs as they came downfield and earned a corner kick. Makenzie Koch's feed to the box was on target for Kelly Johnson who headed the ball in the net for a 1-0 TCU lead.
"Everyone focuses on set pieces. We take great pride in our set pieces," said Bell. "You have to be shape, both offensively and defensively, on set pieces."
TCU didn't sit on its lead as the Frogs continued to push for an insurance goal. Maddy Courvoisier and Johnson each tested Jayhawk goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud, but she was there to make the stop.
A much more physical half played out in the second period, but TCU weathered the storm and got lucky late on a shot that hit the post. Kansas fired off 13 second half shots and earned six corners.
Six fouls in the half's first 10 minutes set the tone for the final 45 minutes. In the 60th minute a shot from Liana Salazar earned Kansas its first corner of the half. Caro Slambrouck's attempt was blocked out of danger, but earned the Jayhawks another corner. Jamie Fletcher just missed tying the game as her shot sailed high.
Through the middle part of the half, Kansas kept possession of the ball in the Frogs' defensive zone, but the Frogs' defensive players did yeoman's work in limiting the opportunities.
Brittany Slyman had TCU's best chance in the half, but her shot was corralled by Stroud. The Jayhawk keeper sent the ball back upfield, helping Kansas mount its most dangerous attack of the afternoon. The ball found its way to the foot of Hanna Kallmaier, but her shot bounced off the post and out of danger.
Kansas kept the pressure on, but the defense stood tall, blocking a pair of shots and keeping the Jayhawks from getting a shot off on two of the final three corners they earned.
"The back four and Vittoria are doing a great job in nullifying chances," said Bell. "They are doing what we ask them to do and hopefully that trend continues on Sunday. From an organization and communication stand point, they are doing a good job."
With the win, TCU improves to 5-6-3 overall and 1-2-1 in conference action. The Horned Frogs will play their final regular season road match Sunday afternoon at league-leading and ninth-ranked West Virginia. Match time is set for 12:30 p.m.