Third time wasn’t the charm.
In its third straight overtime match of the season, the Texas Tech soccer team was unable to come up with a victory.
TCU’s Yazmeen Ryan centered a ball from the right wing, which was headed into the back of the net by Kayla Hill in the 92nd minute, powering the Horned Frogs to a 1-0 win over the Red Raiders in a Big 12 match Sunday afternoon at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
“We’ve got to own today’s goal,” Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone said following the loss. “It’s a painful lesson for this young team to learn.”
With the loss, the Red Raiders dropped to 8-4-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs (9-4-0, 3-1-0), who entered their third overtime match of the season, improved to 7-1-2 in extra time with the victory dating back to last year.
Following a slow start in the first 45 minutes — tallying three shots, including one on goal, and no corner kicks — the Red Raiders picked up their energy in the second half.
Texas Tech began to control possession and made thoughtful choices when making runs and passes on the attack.
The Horned Frogs appeared to have a chance at the first goal of the match when a Natalee Heiser cross, which Texas Tech goalie Marissa Zucchetto committed to, until it rolled to an open spot on the left side of the net in the 81st.
But the loose ball was cleared by Jordie Harr, who sent the ball toward the right wing and out of bounds which led to extra time.
In the first overtime, golden-goal period, TCU dribbled deep on the right wing before Ryan crossed a ball that was knocked in by Hill to end the match in the 92nd.
TCU net minder Katie Lund finished the match with five saves, while Zucchetto (three saves) and Carissa Christensen (two saves) matched the total while in between the pipes.
“I think the main thing that we have to do is just, kind of, reflect and regroup this week,” said Texas Tech midfielder Carly Wickenheiser, who took two shots, including one on goal in the loss. “The coaches will know what to do this week in practice. They’ll look over the film and see what we need to work on, what we need to do better. … So, really, just us making the decision to get better as a group and push ourselves. And to go over the line to be great.”
Texas Tech is set to hit the road for a 7 p.m. Friday match against Baylor in Waco. The Red Raiders return home to play against Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. Oct. 13.
“The race for points is on, and we didn’t get any this weekend,” Stone said when asked about how to re-focus. “So, there’s no alternative there. You’ve got to go forward, you’ve got to move on.”