The Terrapins started off their 2-game trip to Texas Friday night in Fort Worth against TCU, and they took their second loss of the season, moving to 3-2 in 2015. Maryland had an early lead, but couldn't hold it, and TCU scored twice in the second half to take the win.
There wasn't too much action in the first half, with Maryland outshooting the Horned Frogs 5-4. The Terps took the first shot of the half, when Sarah Fichtner fired wide left in the 7th minute. TCU had control of the game early, and forced Maryland to play some defense. In the 13th minute, goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands made her first of two first-half saves, on a shot that came from a TCU corner. Maryland put together some attacks shortly after, including Natasha Ntone-Kouo taking a shot on goal that was stopped by TCU keeper Shannon Coffer.
The breakthrough came in the 17th minute for Maryland, when Sarah Fichtner scored off a Shannon Collins corner, with an assist to Lisa Bianchini. TCU nearly equalized directly off the ensuing start of play, but their shot went wide. The Horned Frogs continued to push for an equalizer, but couldn't force one before halftime. Maryland, meanwhile, also had some chances, but were mostly keeping the ball in the midfield or keeping TCU at bay, and sent the game to the half with a 1-0 lead.
The Terps struggled in the second half, being outshot 9-3 and allowing TCU to come from behind to win the game 2-1. All of Maryland's shots were on goal, but Coffer was up to the task on all three. But TCU did not relent, equalizing in the 48th minute when Michelle Prokof scored off a Kayla Hill corner. In the 78th minute, Maryland committed one of their 9 second-half fouls, just outside the box.
Beanlands came up big with a save on the shot from the free kick, but TCU continued to attack. 8 minutes later, they finally got the winner, when Faith Carter headed home from a Kayla Hill ball that earned her her second assist of the game. Maryland had no answer in the final 2 minutes, and TCU took home a 2-1 win.
Sarah Fichtner led the Terps with 3 shots, while Alex Anthony had a team-high 2 shots on goal. Of Maryland's 8 shots, 5 were on frame.
The Terrapins go to SMU Sunday, where they will face off against the 1-2-2 Mustangs, who tied Rice 1-1 on Thursday.