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College Soccer - SMU women defeat TCU 4-3 in overtime

Published 9/21/2007 9:55:52 PM by staff from dallas
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Junior midfielder Caitlin Carter blasted a curling shot into the upper left corner in the second overtime to lift the SMU women's soccer team to a 4-3 victory over the visiting TCU Horned Frogs. With the victory, the Mustangs (3-1-1) continued their undefeated streak against the Horned Frogs (3-4). In the 27 meetings between the schools, SMU has won 25 times and the teams have tied twice.

TCU scored first, when Jackie Torda pounced on a loose ball and lifted a high shot into the upper right corner of the SMU goal in the 12th minute. But the Ponies evened the score in the 36th minute when freshman Kristin Medeiros threaded a long lead pass up the left side of the field to senior Brittany Vice, who crossed the ball into the middle, where freshman Lauren Shepherd  beat the TCU defense to the ball and banked the tying goal in off the left goalpost.

The game went 1-1 to halftime, but SMU started strong after the break.  Brittany Vice sent a cross into the TCU box in the 56th minute which was redirected into the goal by TCU defender Caroline Starns for an own goal . SMU extended its lead in the 72nd minute on an unassisted goal by senior midfielder Allison Brill. 

TCU didn't go away quietly, as they used set pieces to their advantage.  They drew within a goal on a 75th minute corner as Courtney Johnson scored.  Then with time running out the Lady Frogs earned another corner in the 90th minute where sophomore Cheryl Martin scored with only 8 seconds left, sending the game to overtime.

After battling through a scoreless first overtime period, Carter - a converted defender - ended the game in the 105th minute with her first goal of the year, and the second of her career.   On the night, TCU was led on offense by Torda, who posted four shots, while Karoly and Nguyen both recorded three shots apiece. TCU outshot SMU in the second half, 7-6. On defense, Walters saved seven balls, while Gunter blocked four.

SMU head coach Brent Erwin said the fashion in which his team won was as important as the victory itself. "It's always good to win, but the way we won was incredible," Erwin said. "To go down, 1-0, and then battle back and get the next goal and the second and the third - then to give up they tying goal with just seconds left and come back to win it in overtime ... this team showed guts. This team showed character."

Label: SMU womens soccer, TCU womens soccer, jackie torda, caitlin carter, cheryl martin
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