TCU falls short in exhibition opener at Oklahoma
Aug. 15, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. - Playing its first exhibition match of the season, the TCU soccer team fell to Oklahoma 4-1 on Tuesday at John Crain Field.
The Sooners were able to notch the first two goals of the game and led 2-0 as rain pelted the playing field, which eventually led to a 30-minute delay due to lightning in the area.
The game was delayed at the 7:49 mark of the second period. The game was divided into three 30-minute period.
Following the delay, TCU was able to notch its first goal and cut the Sooners' lead to one (2-1) as Lizzy Karoly fed a pass to Anna Paulson, who dribbled around OU goalkeeper Jennifer Nichols for the goal.
After narrowing the Sooners' lead to one, the Horned Frogs had an opportunity to knot the game up, but Kim Thompson's shot was punched over the cross bar by Nichols.
With 10:19 remaining in the game, the Sooners were able to take control of the game with a 3-1 advantage, as OU's Daphne Fitzpatrick scored her second goal of the game off a pass from Kady Kelly.
Fitzpatrick also scored the first goal of the game on an unassisted play down the left sideline.
Oklahoma was able to take a 2-0 lead as Kady Kelly took a pass from Allison Kucera and buried a shot in the back of the net with 15:56 to play in the first period.
The Sooners' final goal came with 9:25 to play as Lauren Harris scored on a pass from Shana All to give the Sooners a 4-1 advantage.
The Horned Frogs took 11 shots compared to the Sooners' 12. Freshmen Lizzy Karoly and Michelle Nguyen each paced TCU with four shots a piece. Anna Paulson added two shots and Kim Thompson had one.
Head coach Dan Abdalla played all 19 players that were available for the game, including all three goalkeepers.
The Horned Frogs conclude exhibition play on Saturday when Stephen F. Austin visits TCU for a 7 p.m. match. Saturday's match will be TCU's first-ever home game held under the newly-constructed lights at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.