TCU comes up short at BYU
Oct. 11, 2007
PROVO, Utah - Michelle Nguyen netted a goal in the 12th minute of the match, but it wasn't enough as No. 16 BYU defeated the Horned Frogs 4-1 Thursday night at South Stadium.
In the first half, Nguyen looked to put TCU on the board early, but saw her shot sail wide of Cougar goalkeeper Erika Woodbury. A minute later, BYU took a 1-0 advantage early in the match when Katie Fellows scored off an assist from Katie Larkin.
Nguyen would tie the match at 1-1 at the 11:52 mark, scoring off an assist from Lizzy Karoly for her fifth goal of the season. On the play, Nguyen took a pass from Karoly on the right hand side of the box and blasted a shot over the outstretched hands of Woodbury to put TCU on the board.
Following a shot by Karoly, BYU's Katie Larkin netted a goal in the 23rd minute to allow BYU to regain the lead. Karoly almost scored before the half, but watched as her shot sailed wide of the pipes.
Larkin and Nicole Urry would score two more goals late in the period to give BYU a 4-1 advantage at the half. Overall, Nguyen led the TCU offensive attack with three shots, including one on goal in the first half.
Coming out of the break, TCU pressured the Cougars with a solid offense and key defensive stops late in the contest.
Early in the half, Nguyen once again tried to split the posts, but watched as her shot sailed wide.
Late in the match, both freshman Chelsea Cody and senior Angie Nickens tried to score from inside the box, but couldn't find the back of the net. Nickens, a senior from Dallas, took a pass off a deflection and rocketed a shot towards BYU goalkeeper Aleena Shelton, but had her shot hit the crossbar.
Overall for the match, Kelsey Walters, who posted a shutout in the second half, stopped nine balls. On offense, TCU was led by Nguyen, who recorded three shots on the night, while Karoly chipped in with two shots. TCU posted a 7-1 corner kick advantage over the Cougars, including a 5-0 advantage in the second half. The Horned Frogs missed on several chances to score throughout the night, hitting the posts twice, while also having two balls cleared off the endline by the Cougar defense.
The Horned Frogs with the loss moved to 6-7-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the Mountain West, while BYU improved to 11-0-2 and 1-0-0 in conference action.
TCU will next be in action on Sunday at New Mexico. Start time for the match is set for 1 p.m. (MT) in Albuquerque, N.M.