Oct. 3, 2015
TCU CAN'T STOP WEST VIRGINIA
Late goal lifts No. 4 Mountaineers, ends Horned Frogs' streak
Michaela Abam's goal with 8½ minutes remaining in regulation Friday lifted fourth-ranked West Virginia to a 2-1 Big 12 Conference victory over visiting TCU, ending the Horned Frogs' four-game winning streak.
The Mountaineers (11-1-0 overall, 2-0-0 Big 12) went ahead after just 62 seconds and dictated terms throughout, building huge advantages in shots (22-3), shots on goal (9-3) and corner kicks (7-0), but the match was even most of the way after Emma Heckendorn pulled TCU (8-5-0, 2-1-0) even in the 27th minute.
TCU had conceded only two goals in their previous nine games, and Ashley Lawrence's second-minute strike, from Leah Emaus run into the final third, ended the Horned Frogs' shutout streak at just shy of 364 minutes.
Heckendorn tallied after taking a deflected through ball from Michelle Prokof into the box and beating goalkeeper Hannah Steadman to the near post.
Shannon Coffer made seven saves to keep TCU in contention, but she gave away a rebound on Maggie Bedillion's shot in the 82nd minute, and Abam pounced to score the winner.
We are still a young team, and I thought we showed some of our youth today, Horned Frogs coach Eric Bell said on his school's athletics website. I still love our team. We are going to go back to the drawing board and get better. I told them we didn't have the best performance. I don't think we showed them the best TCU has to offer.
TCU, West Virginia and Baylor are atop the Big 12 with six points, and Texas could join them with a victory Sunday at Oklahoma State.
The Horned Frogs are home next Friday against No. 15 Texas Tech.