The Bearkats’ soccer team turned a soccer game into a challenge for another high-tier school this past weekend.
The game was closely fought with the pressure mostly on the Bearkats for the match. In the end, the Bearkats managed to survive a close 2-1 decision to the TCU Horned Frogs.
Chelsea White of TCU broke the deadlock early in the match scoring off a cross in the 11th minute.
The Bearkats would not go away and answered right back with a goal of their own. Yoanna Garcia headed the ball in off of a long pass from Brittany Foerstner. The counter from the Bearkats occurred in the 21st minute.
The game-winner occurred moments later as TCU scored the deciding goal as Michelle Nguyen from TCU slipped passed her defender and bended the ball around Melissa Sauceda’s arms.
While TCU did not manage another goal for the rest of the game, they did not stop putting pressure on SHSU. The Horned Frogs were able to get off 32 shots in the game including 19 in the second half. Those shots proved to be in vain as Melissa Sauceda refused to let the ball find the back of her net again with eight saves in the second half and 12 for the game.
SHSU needed to switch to the offensive gear and put another shot in the net. They were unable to do and TCU pressured the Bearkats into playing defense for the remainder of the match. TCU stifled any type of counter-attack allowing only three shots on goal, only of which was on target, from the Bearkats in the second half.
SHSU will continue their streak of challenging tough opponents. The Bearkats were scheduled to have a match up against nationally ranked Texas A&M on Sunday. The Aggies are currently ranked #6. That contest was rained out due to inclement weather and has been rescheduled for tonight in College Station at Aggie Soccer Stadium for 7 p.m.