FORT WORTH – TCU quickly found itself in a 2-0 hole just 13 minutes into the game and saw its comeback bid fall short in a 2-1 loss to Northeastern Friday night. The Horned Frogs peppered the Huskie goalkeeper with 12 shots, forcing her into 11 saves.
Northeastern controlled the play in the first 15 minutes of the match and used it to build a 2-0 lead just 12:30 into the contest. Kerri Zerfoss struck first in the third minute as she cleaned up a rebound shot and fired it into an empty net.
Ten minutes later, Hannah Lopiccolo took a feed from Kayla Cappuzzo at the top of the 18-yard box and fired it to the far post for the eventual game winner.
TCU wasted little time getting back in the match as it cut the lead in half in the 19th minute. Yazmeen Ryan worked the ball to an open Ryan Williams on the sideline. Her crossing feed deflected right to the head of Allison Ganter, who didn’t miss to get the Frogs on the board.
The Frogs kept the offensive push coming forcing the Northeastern goalkeeper to make four saves in the first half. More pressure followed in the second half as TCU rattled off 11 shots, seven of which were on goal. Each time Nathalie Nidetch was there to quell the rally.
TCU’s best chance to tie the game came in the 52nd minute when the Huskies were whistled for a hand ball inside the penalty area. The penalty kick clanged off the crossbar and out of danger.
Stat of the Game
4 – Allison Ganter has scored TCU’s last four games dating back to Friday’s contest against Ball State.
Quotes of the Game
Head Coach Eric Bell
On the game: “First off, congratulations to Northeastern on playing a good game. I think it was a situation where they were ready to play at the beginning of the game and we didn’t come out to play. We gave up two quick goals and had to battle back. That being said, I thought we did better as the game went on. We had chances to score goals, but we weren’t able to get the equalizer.”
What made Northeastern so tough tonight:
“They are a good team and I told the team that before the game. Obvioulsy, them not being in a Power 5 conference, we don’t know a lot about them, but they have a successful program. They were able to get the job done tonight.”
• TCU suffered its first home loss of the season.
• TCU has outshot its opponents in five of the first seven matches.
• TCU earned seven corner kicks in the match.
• The missed penalty kick in the second half broke a streak of 11 straight converted PKs dating back to the Oct. 3, 2014 at Baylor.
• Allison Ganter recorded her fifth goal of the season and the 17th of her career.
• Yazmeen Ryan collected her third assist of the season.
• Ryan Williams tallied her fifth assist of the season and the 14th of her career.
• Cachet Lue, Tijana Djuricek, Ariana Owens, Ryan Williams, Karitas Tomasdottir and Emma Heckendorn played the entirety of the match.
TCU (5-2-0) will hit the road for a pair of contests starting Thursday night at SMU. Game time in Dallas is set for 7 p.m.