Mustangs To Face Rival TCU On Friday
Expanded Game Notes | C-USA NotesTCU Horned Frogs (2-2-1) vs. SMU Mustangs (2-3-0)
Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 | Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium | 7 p.m. CT
SMU ALL-TIME VS. TCU
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.
ABOUT THE HORNED FROGS
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.
TERRIFIC IN TEXAS
NOTES FROM THE WEEKEND
RALLY FALLS SHORT AS MUSTANGS LOSE TO NO. 10 VIRGINIA
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."