TCU and No. 25 LSU Play To Scoreless Tie
Aug 30, 2013
"It was a good result for our group," said head coach Eric Bell. "I thought we worked hard and played as well as we could. In spurts we were a good team. When we were compact and organized, we played well. When the stretched us out, that's when they got chances. Overall, I liked the how we played and competed for 110 minutes. If we do that Sunday against Houston Baptist, I like our chances."
After an extremely defensive regulation, both overtimes featured numerous chances for each team to get the golden goal. Arnold and LSU goalkeeper Megan Kinneman were each forced to make just one save, but both stared down some quality chances that went just wide of the goal.
"Heading into the overtimes, both teams were fatigued," said Bell. "It's a bigger field here so you have to cover more ground. If you have the ball, it's more to your advantage as opposed to chasing."
Arnold was forced to stand tall in the first overtime as she faced a wide-open Summer Clarke coming down the left side with less than a minute remaining. Clarke's shot was ticketed for the upper left corner, but Arnold punched the ball over the top of the goal to keep the game alive.
"Tonight was the best game I've seen Vittoria play," said Bell. "She handled the ball well and kept us in the game. She was excellent today."
In the second overtime, TCU turned the tables and had two golden opportunities to end the game. Just 38 seconds into the frame, Maddy Courvoisier took a shot from the top of the penalty box that was corralled by Kinneman.
Three minutes later, hard work from Brittany Slyman earned the Frogs their seventh corner kick. Bobbi Clemmer's kick to the back post was on target. TCU looked to have the game-winning goal, but a foul was called, negating the goal.
LSU took control with under two minutes to go, but saw two opportunities stymied by the post. Emma Fletcher took a corner with 1:38 to go in the match. Her feed landed at the foot of Jodi Calloway, but her shot was thwarted by the right post. The ricochet bounced back to Fletcher, but her shot sailed wide of the net.
Regulation saw LSU collect a 13-10 shot advantage, but it was TCU with a 3-2 shots on goal advantage. Both teams saw chances clang off the goal post in the first half. Kelly Johnson's opportunity in the 35th minute bounced off the crossbar and just 30 seconds later, LSU's Fletcher saw her shot denied by the post.
LSU put together a furious rally in the second half as it pushed the ball deep into the six yard box in the 66th minute. The TCU defenders stood tall as the blocked a pair of Tiger shots just outside the goal line.
TCU pushed hard late in the half to earn a trio of corner kicks, but only mustered one shot. Johnson's attempt was corralled by Kinneman to send the game into overtime.
TCU improves to 1-1-1 overall on the season. The Frogs will travel back to the state of Texas for a Sunday night match against Houston Baptist. First kick is set for 7 at Sorrels Field.