Baylor Clips TCU in Regular Season Finale
Nov. 1, 2013
"I thought the first half was a little bit more even and I thought the game plan going into the game worked relatively well," said head coach Eric Bell. "I still didn't think we executed all the way to the way we trained the past couple days. It was certainly better than the second where we got away from what we were trying to do in the first half. We started playing more of their style where we were kicking it and they were kicking it back at us. It turned into a kickfest and they are better at it than we are because that's the way they train."
TCU and Baylor (10-5-3, 3-4-1) went toe-to-toe in an evenly played first half. The Bears held a 6-3 shot advantage, but the Horned Frogs managed a couple of corner kicks and limited the Baylor chances to distance.
The Frogs had the match's first chance as a long run from Kristen Barg ended up resulting in the first corner kick of the match. The kick was knocked away by the Baylor defense and the Bears pushed back down field to create a couple of good opportunities. Coffer made a pair off saves to keep the game scoreless.
TCU again pushed downfield in an effort to get the game's first goal. The hard work was rewarded with another corner kick. Koch's feed was on target, but Johnson's header was just wide of the net.
Five minutes later, the Frogs found themselves with another golden opportunity. TCU earned a throw in deep in its offensive zone. Koch's throw into the goal box bounced around and eventually found its way to the foot of Jennifer Donegan, but her shot was just wide of the goal.
Baylor took control of the second half early and pushed the pace. Coffer reeled in the Bears first shot of the game as Ashley York found herself wide open just outside the penalty area. On the shot, York was fouled setting up a free kick. Bri Campos took the direct kick and didn't miss as she pocketed her sixth goal of the season to give the Bears the 1-0 lead.
The Bears kept the pressure on as they tried to get an insurance goal. Baylor pumped four shots toward the goal, forcing Coffer to make a pair of saves.
TCU's best push in the half came in the 76th minute as it fired off a pair of shots. Bobbi Clemmer's bid was initially blocked but it found its way to a wide-open Brittany Slyman who dribbled around her defender for a better shot. She tried to hit the far post, but the ball didn't bend into the goal and drifted wide out of danger.
Baylor regained possession and held the Frogs in check for the remainder of the half to close out the victory.
"I'm happy with the fight," said Bell. "I thought we competed for 90 minutes. I don't believe in moral victories. It was good, but not good enough. We can compete with these guys, but now it's about executing the game plan and giving ourselves a chance. We've got to be more dangerous. We didn't create enough opportunities in the game."
TCU finishes the regular season with a 6-9-3 overall record and a 2-5-1 mark in league play. The Horned Frogs will be the seventh seed in the upcoming Big 12 Soccer Championships set to take place at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City. The Frogs will face the tournament's No. 2 seed Texas Tech who finished the season 16-1-2 overall and 6-0-2 in league play.