Women's Soccer

Mustangs To Face Rival TCU On Friday

Go smu! Freshman Lissi Lonsberry scored her first-career collegiate goal on Friday against New Mexico.
Go smu!
Freshman Lissi Lonsberry scored her first-career collegiate goal on Friday against New Mexico.
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TCU Horned Frogs (2-2-1) vs. SMU Mustangs (2-3-0)
Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 | Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium | 7 p.m. CT

The Last Meeting
September 21, 2007
Dallas, Texas
Women's Soccer Starts Iron Skillet Weekend With Win Over TCU
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.

SMU has dominated TCU historically, holding an all-time record of 25-0-2 against the Horned Frogs. This includes a 13-0-2 record in Fort Worth, the location of Friday's contest.

The two schools met 21-of-22 years between 1986-2007 (only in 2001 did the two schools not meet), but this match will be the first in five seasons. No current Mustangs have ever participated in the cross-town rivalry.

The 2007 game was a thrilling instant-classic played at Westcott Field, in which SMU prevailed 4-3 in double-overtime.

TCU is currently 2-2-1 in 2012, its first season as a member of the Big XII. The Horned Frogs are coming off of a tough loss at home to Nevada, a game in which TCU outshot the Wolfpack 12-4 but could not find the back of the net.

TCU opened its season at New Mexico, and came away with a 1-1 draw. SMU lost to New Mexico 4-1 on Friday in a neutral location.

TCU is led by senior midfielder Monica Alvarado, who leads the team with two goals. Alvarado landed a spot on Mexico's national team, with whom she participated in the 2011 World Cup in Germany. She was also on the roster for all of the qualifying rounds leading to the World Cup, including Mexico's 2-1 win over the United States in the semifinals of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in November 2010.

SMU is 104-22-10 all-time against schools from Texas, and are undefeated against eight schools (Houston Baptist, St. Mary's (TX), Sam Houston State, Southwest Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, TCU, Texas Tech, UTSA).

- SMU dropped two games at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. Friday night, the Mustangs lost 4-1 to New Mexico, and Sunday SMU lost to No. 10 Virginia, who is now No. 9 in this week's rankings.
- The Mustangs had two players score their first-career goals this past weekend. Freshman Lissi Lonsberry scored her first in the closing minutes against New Mexico, and defender Rachel Larson tallied hers in the 88th minute against Virginia.
- SMU lost back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 2-11, 2011, when the Mustangs dropped three-straight games.
- Head Coach Chris Petrucelli returned to his old stomping grounds in Austin. Petrucelli had been the head coach at Texas for 13 years before joining SMU this season. He compiled a 165-88-26 record during that span.

Rachael Larson scored her first-career goal in the 88th minute, but SMU could not capitalize on other chances throughout the game to come away with a positive result, losing 2-1 to No. 10 Virginia in Austin, Texas, at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational.

The loss drops the Mustangs to 2-3-0 on the season, and 0-3-0 away from Westcott Field. Virginia is now 5-1-0.

Larson's headed goal snapped the Cavaliers' four-game shutout streak, and also was the result of a late charge by the Mustangs.

"When you go down, you can crumble or fight," Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said. "I thought we showed a lot of fight."

Unfortunately, Larson's tally came just one minute after Virginia's Julia Roberts extended the Cavaliers' lead to 2-0.

Virginia took the lead immediately after halftime with a 45th-minute goal from Caroline Miller. SMU struggled to hold off Virginia early in the first half, and ultimately was outshot, 20-8.

SMU goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden recorded six saves, the highest total of her career.

In defeat, SMU stood strong against a tough Virginia squad that is considered one of the elite programs in the nation. The effort displayed by the Mustangs was pleasing to Petrucelli, who believes good things are still in store for his team.

"I thought we played really hard," Petrucelli said. "If we play with that effort, we'll win a lot of games."



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