Freshmen Key TCU to 1-0 Win Over Iowa State
Oct. 25, 2013
"Shannon was really good," raved head coach Eric Bell. "She gets a lot of credit for the "W" with her play. She made some big saves and I thought the organization and communication out of the back line was really good. I thought she had an outstanding game."
The offensive push for both teams started early in the first half as each team was whistled for a foul just outside of the 18-yard box less than 10 minutes into the match. Iowa State's Emily Goldstein and TCU's Makenzie Koch each sent their shots wide of the goal.
Iowa State (8-8-2, 2-4-1 Big 12) had the first real strong chance to score in the 22nd minute following a Goldstein corner kick. Jennifer Dominguez took the shot from the top of the six yard box, but a TCU defender was there to kick the ball out of danger just before it crossed the goal line.
"I liked the way that we battled and gave ourselves a chance," said Bell. "I think the soccer gods were with us today as opposed to other days. We struggled at times but still were able to find a way to get the job done."
Eight minutes later TCU found itself with an opportunity to take the lead as Prokof found herself alone in tight with Cyclone goalkeeper Maddie Jobe, who won the one-on-one battle with the save.
A much more physical and fast second period followed as both teams battled to get the all-important first goal. Coffer made a pair of saves early and was helped by the crossbar on another in the half's first 17 minutes.
In the 68th minute TCU made a strong push downfield and earned a corner kick. Iowa State kicked the ball out of danger but Jennifer Donegan was at the midfield line and she knocked down the clearing attempt to keep TCU with possession. She sent a long feed down field and found Kelly Johnson, who won a battle with her defender to send a perfect cross to the center of the six-yard box. Jobe had come out to cut off the cross and missed leaving Prokof with a wide-open net. She buried the shot for her eighth goal of the season.
"There was a fight down at the end line with Kelly trying to win the ball and then we fought in the middle of the box to put the ball in the net," said Bell. "It was really good from Donegan to get the ball to Kelly and then for Prokof to finish it."
Iowa State didn't go away as it pushed hard to get the equalizer. Coffer stood tall in net as she corralled three shots over the next 16 minutes of play. TCU was living right late in the match as twice Iowa State was staring at an open net and sent the shot wide. Coffer was called on to make one more save with 45 seconds left in the match. She hauled in Jessica Reyes' shot from distance to put a stamp on the shutout.
TCU improves to 6-8-3 overall and 2-4-1 in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs will wrap up regular season play next Friday, Nov. 1 against Baylor. Match time against the Bears is set for 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal. Six seniors will be honored prior to the start of the match.