A streak ended abruptly, while avenging the previous meeting’s loss never transpired in Oklahoma State soccer’s 4-0 loss at TCU.
The Cowgirls looked inferior to the No. 3 team in the country, with most of the attacking play happening in the OSU defensive third.
The loss is the Cowgirls first of the spring slate, making the ramifications less severe as OSU tries positioning itself for the NCAA Tournament. Here are a few key numbers from the match.
6: Shots on the TCU goal
It’s tough to beat any team without a high volume of good opportunities. OSU attempted to prove the skeptics wrong, struggling to work its chances near goal.
Horned Frogs goalkeeper Emily Alvarado quickly stifled every opportunity OSU could muster.
It’s not unusual. Alvarado’s talent in goal kept TCU within striking distance when the teams met in Neal Patterson Stadium in the fall schedule. On this occasion, the Cowgirls couldn’t break through.
23: TCU shots
TCU looked intent on pestering Cowgirls keeper Amber Lockwood, eventually finding success in the 18th, 26th and 39th minutes.
The Horned Frogs pressured the OSU backline, even getting Kionna Simon an early yellow card near the box.
Yazmeen Ryan scored from the set piece. Lockwood did well to stop seven shots, but the volume of opportunities never favored her leaving Fort Worth unscathed.
2: Most shots on target from an OSU player
When the Cowgirls needed shots, the experience became essential.
OSU attempted 11 shots total, with nine coming from juniors and seniors. OSU defender Ally Jackson tied the team-high three shots total. Two of her shots found the target, forcing saves from Alvarado.
Only TCU forward Maddy Warren could best the total (3), while two other Horned Frogs could tie it.
Although the optimism shouldn’t dwindle after the tough evening, it’s the only game of the spring slate OSU will look to forget.